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Baited Breath

Right now, the sport of sailing sits poised on the brink of finally getting some meaty answers about AC34. On tap at today's press conference, which takes place at BMW/Oracle's team base in Valencia, Spain at 1300 CET, are big-picture answers to big-picture questions such as the release of the Protocol, the type of boat that will be used to contest the next AC, as well as the all-important date of the next competition.

What we still won't know—until or before December 31, 2010—is the where, but, amongst West Coast sailors in the know, there seems to be a quiet confidence spreading that it will be in San Francisco... May it be so!

The trouble, however, is that this same quiet confidence is likely percolating through European circles that AC34 will take place in either Italy or Valencia, Spain. While the wait for this last critical piece of Beta feels excruciating right now, today's news conference will help overturn some seriously important stones. Now, teams can finally start work on big-picture planning such as contracting designers with the necessary expertise in either monohulls or multihulls; syndicates can form and start chasing dollars, and teams can start serious thinking about their personnel build-up, as having the all-important date allows marketing efforts to mesh with sailing ambitions.

In just a few hours, the now-frozen gears of the international America's Cup machine will finally start humming once again. More on today's AC conference as it becomes known. We will bring you the Press Conference live and Richard Gladwell, our AC expert will provide detailed analysis.

And if you just can't wait to get some AC imagery going, be sure to check out the high-resolution images that were filmed aboard USA-17 in Valencia.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Qualifying Series for New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup wrapped up today at the New York Yacht Club's Harbor Court facility, with Eastern Yacht Club's team, skippered by Bill Lynn (Marblehead, Mass.) and crewed by his son, Peter Lynn, and Rick Myers (both Marblehead) and Alden Reid (Bedford, Mass), besting 24 other prominent U.S. YC's for the right to compete in this coming week's New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

Said Lynn of the regatta: 'There's so many good sailors here it's ridiculous. If you miss one shift you lose five boats, and you look around and all of a sudden you're in 11th and there are 12 boats. It's really close racing.' A big congrats to Lynn and crew for sailing fast; be sure to follow the biennial Invitational Cup, which is quickly becoming one of the most important amateur sailing events on the planet, and which will be contested in Swan 42's next September.

Fair winds and following seas,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

America's Cup Media Conference screening live on
Richard Gladwell,
A press conference is scheduled for Monday 13th September at 1300 CET / 0700 EST / 0400 PST/ 2300 NZT , when the Defender and Challenger of Record will reveal these changes, explain the thinking behind them, and sign the new Protocol. Additionally, the year of the 34th America's Cup Match will be confirmed.... [more]
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Buddy Melges Challenge - Final day
The semi finals, petit finals, and finals were sailed in a shifty westerly breeze of 8-15 knots which produced lots of tactical maneuvering on the race course... [more]
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Dave Ullman - yachting's elder Statesman (Pt.I).
John Curnow,
A lengthy and distinguished career has afforded Dave Ullman one formidable insight into both the art and business of sailing. As a direct result of his many achievements, Dave has a genuine interest in ensuring that future generations have access to the experiences and learnings of the past.... [more]
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Buddy Melges Challenge - Australian women win
Craig Heydon,
Buddy Melges Challenge - Australian women win - Fellow Australians Katie Spithill, Jessica Eastwell and Angela Farrell finished the regatta in sixth position after topping their group early in the regatta with the crew gaining more valuable time in the Elliott 6 metre boat that will be used at the 2012 London Olympic Games.... [more]
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NYYC Invitational Cup U.S. Qualifying Series - Teams reap bounty
Jan Harley,
NYYC Invitational Cup U.S. Qualifying Series - Teams reap bounty - During the first two days of racing on Narragansett Bay, in which 24 of the nation's foremost yacht clubs were split equally into fleets designated Red or Blue, the competitors sailed half of each day's races in either NYYC's Sonars or Sail Newport's J/22s.... [more]
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Newport Bucket Regatta 2010 images from George Bekris
George Bekris images,
Photographer George Bekris has sent these images from the 2010 Newport Bucket Regatta.... [more]
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2010 Newport Bucket Regatta day 1 - White Wings day
Newport Bucket Regatta,
Ten boats arrived at the starting line, five 'Grandes Dames' and five 'Gazelles' filled the cruising and racing classes. A perfect fall day of sailing off Newport with sun, crisp breezes that never died, thanks to our patron, Neptune, and a good time had by all!... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour Danish Open - Minoprio wins race of his life
Audrey Lakai,
World Match Racing Tour - Reigning Champion Adam Minoprio ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing declared his victory over close friend and fierce rival Torvar Mirsky Mirsky Racing Team in the final of the Danish Open as one of the best of his life. With the score tied at 2-2 in the first to 3 point series, Minoprio trailed Mirsky in the final match but battled back for the most dramatic victory of his career.... [more]
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Buddy Melges Challenge day three results
U.S. Sailing Center,
The Buddy Melges Challenge is being sailed from the eighth to the 12th September at the U.S. Sailing Center in Sheboygan, on the shores of Lake Michigan. Day three results.... [more]
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5.5 World Championship 2010 - Winners in Lake Garda
5.5 Class Association,
5.5 World Championship 2010 update: Swiss Flavio Marazzi, Andrew Palfrey and Christof Wilke have won the 2010 Championship on Lake Garda! Norwegian Kristian Nergard and his crew take second place and third goes to Finnish sailor Kenneth Thelen.... [more]
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Stuart Alexander: Coutts to unveil future of America's Cup
Stuart Alexander,
Top yachting correspondent, Stuart Alexander, writes in The Independent (UK) ahead of Monday's announcement on the Boat and date of the 2014 America's Cup Match: The bumpy road that has been the America's Cup for the last three years is set to become more smooth in Valencia on Monday when Russell Coutts unveils plans to boost its future, including a new boat, a new format, the year in which it wil... [more]
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America's Cup Video: High Definition clip of USA-17 at Valencia
Adam Docker,
After an intense 20 day shoot in Valencia filming a feature-doc for Oracle as they competed and eventually won the 33rd America's Cup, Adam Docker posted this clip in High Definition of BMW Oracle Racing's USA-17. We've heard a lot of talk about what is possible with America's Cup and Sailing video coverage - try this!... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends: Destruction derby
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The first leg of the third Whitbread Round the World Race in 1981-82, from Portsmouth to Cape Town, was dubbed by one yachting magazine as a ‘destruction derby': 'The boat was unnaturally quiet; gloom and doom below and the mood wasn't helped by the necessity to let the outside world know what had happened...... [more]
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ORCi Worlds - Beluga Sailing Team and Patent 3 win
ORCi Worlds,
ORCi Worlds - Beluga Sailing Team and Patent 3 win - Racing today was on the Flensburger Foerde once again, and in perfect 9-14 knot conditions with enough shifts, puffs and ulls to make for very interesting tactical sailing. With 19 and 30 boats on the starting lines of the Alpha and Beta Divisions, respectively, and short 5.9-mile courses.... [more]
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Buddy Melges Challenge - Team Tunnicliffe seventh overall
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Buddy Melges Challenge - Team Tunnicliffe places seventh overall - This was a training regatta for us as we lead into our World Championships starting in ten days, but we were hoping for a slightly better result. But as they say, sometimes you learn more by losing than by winning, so we are taking that to heart and going to learn from our mistakes so that in two weeks time, they won't happen agai... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series 2010 - Final day of racing in Rimini
Joy Dunigan,
Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series 2010 - Rimini, the final stage of the event in Europe has presented the perfect platform for the ultimate dual between defending Series Champion Benedetto Giallongo on Value Team and Francesco Farneti on Reggini Sailing Team. Clearly these two tougher-than-tough competitors are ready to go the distance.... [more]
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Laser Worlds Masters at Hayling Island
Laser Worlds,
Laser World Championships Masters - Preparation work is in full swing for the second stage at Hayling Island Sailing Club (HISC). The Masters Championships will take place at the club, starting with the practice race on Sunday, 12 September, followed by the official opening reception. Racing will start on Monday 13 September with two races per day for both the Radial and Standard fleets, finishin... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Early exit for Ainslie and Gilmour
Audrey Lakai,
ISAF World Match Racing Tour Championship - Three time Olympic Gold medalist Ben Ainslie (GBR) TeamOrigin and four time Match Racing World Champion Peter Gilmour (AUS) Yanmar Racing were among the big name casualties who were sent packing from the Danish Open today, effectively ending their dreams of winning.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2010 - Finale
Jill Campbell,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2010 - A final day of great sailing came to a close with the victory of Esimit Europa 2 (Racing & Racing Cruising), Hetairos (Super Maxi), Ranger (Super Maxi & J Class) and Y3K (Wally) in their respective divisions. Niklas Zennstrom's Ran has been crowned Mini Maxi Rolex World Champion in the inaugural edition of the class championship.... [more]
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Buddy Melges Challenge - Day two
The second day of racing at the Buddy Melges Challenge at the US Sailing Center Sheboygan in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA, was another interesting day for the 15 international teams in the Elliott 6ms.... [more]
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Steve White - solo round the world the 'wrong way'
Nancy Knudsen,
Dee Caffari has done it, now Steve White is setting out to do it too. He's going to sail solo, round the world, non-stop and unassisted, AND the 'wrong way', AND break the current record.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2010 - Crunch time
Jill Campbell,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2010 - The penultimate day brought a whole new set of challenges to the 47 competing yachts as they got to grips with their first day of light air. Heading into the final race day Esimit Europa 2 (Racing & Racing/Cruising), Y3K (Wally) and Ranger (J Boats) retain the lead in their respective divisions while Hetairos moves to the top of the Super Maxi division.... [more]
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PWA World Cup - Kia Cold Hawaii, Denmark event preview
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
Kia Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup - The world famous North Sea town of Klitmoller is about to explode into action as the PWA's most impressive male wave sailors descend on Denmark!... [more]
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Canada's Premier Ocean Racer Secures Title Sponsor
Velux 5 Oceans,
Canada's top ocean racer Derek Hatfield is heading full speed for the VELUX 5 OCEANS start line after securing a title sponsor for his campaign. For the forthcoming race the 57-year-old solo sailor will be sponsored by Active House, a global alliance of companies, research institutions and other organisations promoting sustainable buildings. This is the last piece in the puzzle for Derek.... [more]
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Key player adds his support to City's World Championship Bid
CY Staff,
A Toronto man with an extensive background in international sport supports Kingston's bid for the 2014 International Sailing Federation world championships.... [more]
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NZ Olympic Womens Match Racing Squad Day 1 of Buddy Melges Challenge

The latest update from the New Zealand Womens Match Racing Squad, part of the NZL Sailing Team: Race day 1 kicked off early with light dying breezes. The cold temperatures continued causing the sea breeze to struggle, resulting in our later races being sailed in pretty much no wind.... Our pool was able to complete all its scheduled races. We came out firing with four wins and one loss.... [more]
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Bayview Yacht Club leads New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
Bruce Babiarz,
Bayview Yacht Club leads New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - For the first two days of racing the 24 teams were divided into Red and Blue Fleets. After 12 races for the Blue Fleet, Bayview Yacht Club of Detroit is first overall, with Bora Gulari, the 2009 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year in America, as skipper. Also sailing for Bayview are Kent Colpaert, John Van Tol and Sara Somes.... [more]
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U.S. Qualifying Series of the NYYC Invitational Cup - Bayview leads
Jan Harley,
For the final two days of racing, the top-six teams qualifying from the Blue Fleet (Bayview, San Francisco, Carolina, Newport Harbor, American and Pequot Yacht Clubs) will meet the top six that qualified from the Red Fleet (Annapolis, Larchmont, Eastern, Fort Worth, Fishing Bay and Indian Harbor Yacht Clubs) in Sonars.... [more]
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Farr 30 North American Championship to Barking Mad
Jan Harley,
At 13-strong the Farr 30s were one of 18 classes participating in the Labor Day Weekend regatta, marking the second consecutive year that the class held its North American championship in conjunction with Annapolis Race Week.... [more]
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Images from Maxi Cup: Magnificent J-class
Chris Cameron,
Top international photographer Chris Cameron was on hand at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and sends this magnificent gallery of some of the biggest yachts on the planet in fresh breezes.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour: USA Match Racer springs biggest shock of year
World Match Racing Tour,
World Match Racing Tour - The tour has a reputation for unearthing great new talent – this was seen again when Buckley, placed 665th in the world rankings, showed no regard for reputation to lead Richard from start to finish for the biggest victory of his career.... [more]
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Putting a boat away for the winter - E-10 gas
Boat US,
Boaters and anglers will soon be putting away their boats for the season. But before they do, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has some tips learned from fuel industry insiders on how to store a boat with E-10 gasoline (containing 10% ethanol) over the winter.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup Venue is San Francisco's to lose
Richard Gladwell,
The Venue is the third element in the formula for the 34th America's Cup. The first two - the Protocol which governs the conditions under which the Match and its preliminaries will be conducted; and the Boat to be used for the Match will be announced in Valencia in Monday at 1300CET. As for the Venue, there are three options, but maybe more.... [more]
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U.S. Qualifying Series New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
Michael Levitt,
The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup U.S. Qualifying Series began today off Harbour Court. It was windy for the first two races, about 16-18 knots from the southwest – stuck at that pace since Saturday's passing of Hurricane Earl. The winds moderated later in the day.... [more]
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Sail Sydney Notice of Race now online
Di Pearson Sail Sydney Media,
Sail Sydney notice of race now online - Round 2 of the Sail Downunder Series, Sail Sydney is one of only two ISAF Grade 1 events in Australia and the big news is that for the first time, the regatta will be run during weekdays only, from 6-9 December, making it a fairer playing field for all.... [more]
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Sunseeker Australia Cup - a Worlds qualifier
John Roberson,
Sunseeker Australia Cup, to be sailed on the Swan River in November, has been confirmed as the final qualifying event for the final event in the 2010 ISAF World Match Racing Championships, the Monsoon Cup to be held in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.... [more]
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Fishing around the clock and around North America to help our waters
Boat US,
This weekend over 60 anglers from eight US states and Canada will attempt the fishing version of running a marathon when the Recycled Fish 24 Hour Fish-A-Thon presented by BoatUS Angler kicks off. Anglers will fish for 24 hours straight, with the goal to raise awareness of the environmental problems facing our waters, and raise money to help solve those issues.... [more]
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