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The America's Cup Defender has announced that the entry period for the AC34 will begin on November 1 and run through March 31, 2011. This announcement comes on the heels of the meeting of Interested Parties in the 34th America's Cup, which took place in Paris last Friday, where 24 possible takers gathered to learn more about the next Cup. While the initial fee is a modest $25,000 payment made to America's Cup Properties, Inc., entrants can expect much bigger entry bills down the road. It will be interesting to see how serious these 24 prospective syndicates really are.

Meanwhile, work continues on the AC45 builds at NZ Core Builders facility in Warkworth, New Zealand.

And from France comes the word that legendary offshore ocean sailors-cum-rivals Loick and Bruno Peyron are joining forces for a challenge that will involve the best French multi-hull sailors. Collectively, the brothers Peyron have won many serious offshore trophies and established impressive fastest-passage records. Keep your eye on this endeavor as it moves forward.

Skipper Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski shows off an injury to his head which was caused by the blades on his wind generator whilst on the first of five Ocean Sprints in the Velux 5 Oceans race 2010.  Velux 5 Oceans ©

Meanwhile, in the Velux 5 Oceans Race, skippers are dealing with a nasty low-pressure system that is testing boats and men alike. Van Liew, the race leader, has already suffered two knock-downs, and reports seas too rough for autopilot driving.

But the big news is from 'Skipper Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski aboard Operon Racing. Gutek was attempting to clear seaweed off of his rudders when he cracked his head into the spinning blades of his wind generator, badly lacerating his head. 'I don't know how bad my wounds are, but I know that I was bleeding badly,' Gutek reported. 'At once I put on a head dressing to stop the bleeding. I couldn't even estimate the size of my wound because my eyes were flooded with blood and couldn't look at the mirror. I was really scared that I might not make it and lose consciousness because of the blood lost.' Based on his onboard reports, it appears that the dogfight between Gutek and Van Liew is over, at least for Leg one.

And in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the 2007 course record set by George David's Rambler remains safe, at least for another year.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt

America's Cup: Richard Worth explains the New Media Deal
Richard Gladwell,
Last Friday, Richard Worth, newly appointed to the role of Chairman, Management Board America's Cup Event Authority, was on stage at the Briefing for Prospective Competitors for the 34th America's Cup.The meeting took place in Paris and was the first chance for many of the prospective teams to hear from first hand Worth, and Regatta Director Iain Murray.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - First blood spilt
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans Polish ocean racer suffers deep cuts to forehead as fleet heads south. It has been another day of drama for the skippers as they head further south. Following on from a manic day on the water yesterday which saw Polish ocean racer Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski became the first skipper to sustain a notable injury after slicing his head open on the blade of his wind generator.... [more]
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China Cup Int Regatta 2010 hits a speed bump... in the garage
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club was a-hummin' and a-buzzin' this evening, with all the crews in town – many of them overseas – for the opening cocktails and the skippers' briefing for tomorrow's passage race from Hong Kong to Longcheer, Daya Bay, Shenzhen, the opening event of the CCIR.... [more]
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Bullimore's 33m catamaran capsized - Seven crew rescued
Barry Pickthall,
Seven British based sailors were successfully airlifted off the 33m racing catamaran 'Spirit of Antigua' late on Wednesday night after capsizing in the Bay of Biscay, 135 miles south west of Brest.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race – Class winners confirmed in Malta
Regatta News,
Rolex Middle Sea Race winners have now been confirmed. If the early miles of the race were a test of patience, the latter miles were a true test of endurance. A strong mistral of up to 40+ knots helped push the fleet homeward to the finish in Malta.... [more]
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America's Cup: Entry process opens on 1 November
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club, has announced the process for entry into the 34th America's Cup, ahead of the entry window opening on 1 November 2010 and closing on 31 March 2011. The only fee that is required with the lodgment of the Notice of Challenge is a $25,000 payment to America's Cup Properties Inc.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy – Preparations nearly complete in Dubai
Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA,
The final Louis Vuitton Trophy event is scheduled to start in Dubai on November 12th, featuring six of the top international sailing teams in the world. With the regatta just over two weeks away, staff from the World Sailing Teams Association (WSTA), a co-organiser of the event along with Louis Vuitton and the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), are on the ground and hard at work... [more]
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2010 Student Yachting World Cup - North American teams in the chase
Guy Perrin,
The Student Yachting World Cup started in 1979 when some students at the Ecole Polytechnique in France were participating in the first Tour de France à la Voile, others decided to organize an European race for students. The 'Course de l'Europe' was born but only a few European countries participated. When other teams joined in, from around the world, the European race turned into a real World Cup.... [more]
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Melges 24 Worlds 2011 – Online registration now open
International Melges 24 Class Association,
Melges 24 World Championship 2011 being hosted by Corpus Christi Yacht Club, Corpus Christi, Texas from May 11-21, has today opened registrations online via the event website. Famed for its great sunshine and strong winds Corpus Christi is the perfect Melges 24 sailing venue and the fleet is looking forward to a big turnout for this it's 14th World Championship... [more]
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Monsoon Cup 2010 - Robertson a threat - wins Asian Championship title
Monsoon Cup Media 2010,
New Zealander Phil Robertson showed today why he has the scalps of some of the top guns on the ISAF World Match Racing circuit hanging on his belt.... [more]
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Opinion: Will ISAF get trapped by political concessions for 2016 ?
Markus Schwendtner,
A lot has been written about the ISAFs Olympic Commissions report and the resulting Executive Committee submission in the last weeks. There is no doubt that the Olympic Commission has done an outstanding job by firing the first bullets on some of ISAFs holy cows, however there is still a huge risk that the final decision makers inside ISAF fail half way up the hill.... [more]
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Finn - outstanding display of sailing skills and athleticism
Robert Deaves - IFA,
Based largely on the Olympic Commission report, the ISAF Executive has since published two submissions which outline an exciting new future for the selection and decision making process for Olympic sailing events and equipment. The Finn is positioning itself to be part of that future.... [more]
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Busan Cup Women's Match Race - Day 1
Very exciting first day in Busan for the third edition of the Busan Cup Women's Match Race. Principal Race Officer Peter 'Luigi' Reggio (USA) and his team including WIMRA Asia Representative, Junko Takano (JPN) worked hard and ran 10 flights of races for the 12 teams.... [more]
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2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Positive response
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has received a very positive response to the request for preliminary bids to host the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships, which brings together the World Championships of all the events included in the Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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Farr 30 World Championship 2010 - Pre-World action
Farr 30 Class Association,
Farr 30 World Championship 2010 - Two-time Tour De France a la Voile winner Courrier Dunkerque sent a statement to the fleet today and Monday with a dominant victory in the 5-race pre-worlds series in conditions that ranged from 30-knot thunderstorms to sunny, 5-knot zephyrs.... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships - Can he do it again?
Rory Ramsden,
This battle is going to go right down to the wire which is from where Michalis snatched the 2009 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships. 'Will he do it again?' may be the question on Thomas' mind.... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta - Chicago sailors compete this weekend
Christie Denson,
China Cup International Regatta - Chicago Yacht Club sailors are competing as one of two U.S. teams represented at the China Cup International Regatta, held this weekend October 29 through November 1 in Shenzhen, located on the coast of the South China Sea,.... [more]
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ISAF World Match Race Rankings - 27 October 2010
World Match Racing Tour - The top three skippers on the open rankings remain the same with this ranking release, with Adam Minoprio (NZL) holding off the advances of Ben Ainslie. The real action is in the women's rankings where Nicky Souter (AUS) returns to the 1 position ahead of 2010 World Champion Lucy MacGregor (GBR).... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Fleet take on biggest challenge yet: the Doldrums
Velux 5 Oceans,
The competition - and the weather - is really starting to hot up as the Velux 5 Ocean fleet press south towards the Equator. After ten days of sailing which have seen the fleet encounter a host of weather conditions from frustrating, light breeze to strong winds and high seas, the five ocean racers have their biggest challenge of the leg so far ahead of them: the Doldrums.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race – Down to the wire in Malta
Regatta News,
Rolex Middle Sea Race update, Wednesday October 27th: If you have any interest in peering at a yacht tracker incessantly, you would have surely been following the track of the J/122 Artie in the Rolex Middle Sea Race last night.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: We're doing 36kts..We've got no steering..Video
Volvo Ocean Rce Media,
There are just 367 sleeps left until the start of the next Volvo Ocean Race. When a TV show is made, pure necessity dictates that only a fraction of the footage is actually broadcast. Over the coming months we'd like to bring you some of these extraordinary moments in a new video series called 'Volvo Ocean Race Redux'.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: All4One joins six other teams for Dubai
After finishing the Audi MedCup circuit with three podium places in five events, the next and final sailing stage in 2010 for ALL4ONE will be the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai from 12 to 27 of November. This regatta will show once again top-level competition and spectacular duels between worlds best teams racing in pairs of supplied even America's Cup Class boats. The entry list gathers the top te... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Feeling lucky?
Alex Bocage,
Rolex Middle Sea Race - The group of boats that arrived at the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour this afternoon spent most of the 606 miles within reach of each other, and how they made some key tactical decisions along the way would make or break their results. Leading the pack was E1, followed two hours later by Wild Joe, Lucky, Pace, and Cantankerous all within a half hour of each other.... [more]
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PCCSC Match Race Championship 2010
Danielle M. Richards,
PCCSC Match Race Championship - Saturday: Seven teams arrived at Balboa Yacht Club for the first annual Championship. The Newport/Balboa Sailing and Seamanship Association made available their pristine fleet of Governor 21, boats purpose built for match racing. After a competitors briefing and boat draw teams were towed out to the ocean for a short practice time and the start of the round robin.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Passage at Pantelleria Island images
Sail-World & Carlo Borlenghi mages,
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Passage at Pantelleria Island. Images from master photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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America's Cup: Peyron brothers set to join forces for French Challenge
Agence Mer et Media,
After studying the matter for several months and following various discussions, the French sailors Loïck and Bruno Peyron are getting together in an attempt to unite the leading figures from French multihull sailing. This new challenge is being set up with the goal of bringing the America's Cup, which will be raced on multihulls in 2013... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race – Challenging conditions for all
Regatta News,
Rolex Middle Sea Race, Tuesday 26 October update: The island of Malta was raked with heavy rain and lightning storms for the second morning running. The accompanying turbulent wind and rain were hardly a welcome for Alegre as they reached the South Comino channel, and eventually crossed the line in Marsamxett Harbour at 0800, in third place on the water.... [more]
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Atlantic Cup - New Class40 event for USA
Atlantic Cup,
The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is a brand new Class40 sailing event that will kick off in New York in May of 2011. The 2011 race will showcase the top Class40 sailors in the U.S. as they sprint double-handed the 240 nautical mile offshore course.... [more]
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Busan Cup Women's International Match Race skippers confirmed
WIMRA Press Office,
3rd Busan Cup Women's International Match Race - Twelve teams from eleven countries will be competing this coming week in the third Busan Cup Women's International Match Race in Busan, South Korea. In addition to being an ISAF Grade 1 event with valuable ranking points on the line, with USD 100,000 in prize money, the competitors will be battling for cash to help fund their match racing campaigns.... [more]
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Anna Tunnicliffe - WSF, Elliott 6m's, Snipe Women's World Championship
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Anna Tunnicliffe press release - After leaving Bermuda, the team went to their respective homes for two weeks. And now we're back together for some training at the Chicago Match Race Center this week, in the Elliott 6m boats. It has been a while since all of us sailed together and sailed the Elliotts but we are looking forward to some great practices against Bill Hardesty and his team.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Line honours to Esimit Europa 2
Esimit led from the race start in Grand Harbour and managed to keep putting distance on Leopard until some 25 miles from the Strait of Messina where the maxi stopped in a big hole and their speed dropped away to zero.... [more]
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Storm Trysail Club's IRC Championship attracts notable 52-footers
Barby MacGowan,
Storm Trysail Club's IRC East Coast Championship - Five TransPac 52s that have been optimized for IRC are among the fleet of 27 IRC boats entered so far in the Storm Trysail Club's IRC East Coast Championship set for a long Halloween weekend in Annapolis, Md.... [more]
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Jeonnam-Jeju International Yacht Race 2010
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Decision-making appears to be strictly make-it-up-as-you-go-along. ‘It has been decided' and ‘it has been changed' are almost catch-phrases here, and such decisions as there are appear to be made with more consideration for political positioning than any desire to organise good racing for the sailors. The usual procedure of running a regatta according to a set of Sailing Instructions does not seem... [more]
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Notification of World Match Racing Tour host venue bidding process
The ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), sailing's premier global match racing tour, has opened the bidding process for cities, regions and countries from around the globe to enter the race for the right to host a stage of sailing's leading world series.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race – First arrival imminent
Regatta News,
Rolex Middle Sea Race, October 25th update: Esimit Europa 2 enjoyed their downwind romp around Lampedusa, rounding at 12.40, with ICAP Leopard rounding just less than two hours behind. With the finish line looming only 25 miles distant, barring any breakdowns, Esimit should have a lock on line honours.... [more]
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Boating safety starts at home - Online Learning Center
Boat US,
Learning about boating safety from the comfort of your own home just got a lot easier with the new BoatUS Foundation Online Learning Center. The website offers a no-cost online Boating Safety Course that makes learning easier and retention stronger with the use of new animations, videos and interactive activities.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Chaos onboard - latest news from Spartan
Velux 5 Oceans,
Blogpost from CSM- The bowsprit tack fitting which holds the forward lower corner of the spinnaker to the boat broke late last night and the ensuing chaos saw my Code 5 kite ripped in two, the boat crash gybed and six long hours of back breaking work putting it all right. The precursor to the night's main event was a crack and the sound of a very unhappy kite flogging.... [more]
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