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The Plot Thickens

Caution: Fans of a SF AC34, beware—the following isn't good news. According to Richard Gladwell's piece in this issue, the plot has thickened substantially.

Word on the street is that the bid that San Francisco submitted earlier this week is south of other potential deals on the table, which include a bid from an unnamed (outside of Italian media) Italian venue, as well as a developing bid from longtime Cup holy land, Newport, Rhode Island. Key figures from BMW/Oracle have been in Newport this week for high-level meetings to try and iron out a deal, along with ranking city and state officials.


Because the Defender drew a line in the sand, giving the City of San Francisco until today to put together a signed deal...otherwise, 'the City will be deemed to have withdrawn itself from contention,' wrote Stephen Barclay, BMW Oracle Racing's lead negotiator, to the City of San Francisco in an ultimatum letter last week.

America's Cup in Newport?
  Daniel Forster

For people sold on the idea of an SF AC34—myself included—these are testy times. We can only keep our masthead lights lit that a deal with the City of San Francisco and the Defender can be inked as soon as possible. More as it becomes known.

In other sailing news (yes, the beat does go on), the second 'ocean sprint' of the Velux 5 Oceans Race's started yesterday, with Canadian skipper Derek Hatfield aboard Activhouse leading the fleet across the Cape Town, South Africa, starting line, followed by American Brad Van Liew (Le Pengouin ) and Christophe Bullens on Five Oceans of Smiles Too.

This sprint will take the fleet across 7,000 miles to Wellington, New Zealand, crossing some of the hardest miles anywhere. 'I'm just going to go out there, sail my boat and try to stay safe,' said Van Liew. 'Safety is the key to this leg. I'm very competitive by nature so I will just see what happens once I'm there. I'm not going to go out all-aggressive with a bone in my teeth. I think I'll just get stuck into it and let the cycle of the leg do its own thing.' Stay tuned for more on this leg as it progresses.

And, being Friday, be sure to check out Sail-World's Sailing Videos of the Week. This week's highlights include carnage in Phuket, action from the Sail Melbourne 2010 event, Farr 40 fleet drama from the 2009 KWRW and some extreme sailing aboard skiffs and multi-hulls. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

America's Cup: Venue discussions progress well in Newport, RI
Richard Gladwell,
Friday 17th December is the deadline set by BMW Oracle Racing's lead negotiator Stephen Barclay to the City of San Francisco to have a signed agreement in front of the team, before they make their decision on the Venue for the 34th America's Cup. Sail-World understands that a bevy of America's Cup negotiators have variously been in Newport RI, this week.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Rankings - New number one
Robert Deaves,
OK Dinghy World Rankings final release for 2010 brings a familiar face back to the top. This release includes results from the Europeans in Medembik, as well as the Danish, British, Polish, German, Swedish, Belgian and French national championships.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta will see Rothmans back in action
Lizzie Ward,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta - Rothmans, skippered by Britain's Lawrie Smith in The Whitbread Round the World Race1989-90 (the forerunner of the Volvo Ocean Race), will sail from Sweden to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race Legends regatta and reunion.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Sprint 2 sets sail from Cape Town
Velux 5 Oceans,
The second sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race got underway from Cape Town today bound for Wellington in New Zealand. With the iconic Table Mountain providing a stunning backdrop, the fleet of five international ocean racers crossed the start line beginning a gruelling 7,000 nautical mile sprint across the Southern Ocean.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy - Blackmore's Hooligan has winning edge
Di Pearson,
Marcus Blackmore and his newly purchased TP52 Hooligan has come out all guns blazing on day one of the Rolex Trophy Series sailed off Sydney Heads today, winning both offshore races after only having two hours sailing time on their new steed.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - Australians crash as USA, Europeans, Asians surge
Craig Heydon,
With just three races to sail before Saturday's double-points medal race, the leader boards closed up at Sail Melbourne today. Steady morning winds faded during the day, making conditions tricky and catching some of the big names out.... [more]
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Sail-World's Sailing Videos of the Week - Latest news and great action
The Sail-World Team,
More and more great sailing video footage is turning up online. For your enjoyment Sail-World is going to bring you a mixture of the latests and greatest and some historic footage each week. If you'd like to make sure everyone sees the best old stuff, give us your feedback.... [more]
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World Sailing Cup Sail Melbourne action images - more images,
World Sailing Cup action at Sail Melbourne, photos from Jeff Crowe of Sports the Library - Days One and Two... [more]
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World Sailing Cup Sail-Melbourne action photos,
World Sailing Cup action at Sail Melbourne, photos from Jeff Crowe of Sports the Library - Days One & Two... [more]
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Musto Performance Skiff 2011 World Championship update
Richard Ekberg,
Musto Performance Skiff 2011 World Championship update - Well it's only a couple of weeks to go before the Broo Worlds in Australia. The sun is shining and the water is gradually warming up.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Only two to complete the line up
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Only two to complete the line up - Kito de Pavant (FRA) and Sébastien Audigane (FRA) are due to drop the mooring lines in Port Camargue this evening to set the IMOCA Open 60 with the Laughing Cow logo on it, their Groupe Bel, to head for Barcelona and the start of the Barcelona World Race.... [more]
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Wingsail, foiling but no hulls - Jundt and Mirabaud announce the conce
Laurent Koutaïssoff,
Jundt and Mirabaud announce the conception of a wing sail for 2011 - Since the radical boat hit the water in April 2008, Mirabaud LX has undergone constant improvement including new floats, sails, foils and continuous fine-tuning to the structure in general.... [more]
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ISAF invites applications to the 2011 Athlete Participation Programme
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships,
ISAF invites applications to the 2011 Athlete Participation Programme - The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) invites applications to the ISAF Athlete Participation Programme for the 2011 ISAF Youth Sailing World Chamiponship.... [more]
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Cal 20 Fun Run 2010
Rick Roberts,
This traditional end-of-the-year regatta gets its name from the fun low-key tone of the event where the local Cal 20 fleet is invited to race inside Alamitos Bay Marina where Sabots and Lidos usually sail.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings - 15 December 2010
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 15 December 2010 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 9 February 2011 up to and including US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, the 470 North American Championships and the RS:X Asian Championships.... [more]
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America's Cup: Event organisers slash Entry Fees and Performance Bonds
Richard Gladwell,
Several cost-reducing amendments to the America's Cup rules have been adopted, following recommendations from the Competitor Forum, as well as prospective teams. To maintain an open dialogue with current and potential teams, America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) has hosted two briefings to gain insight into the needs of teams. Further discussions between ACRM and the Competitor Forum have result... [more]
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America's Cup: Supes pass San Francisco's best bid for Venue Hosting
Richard Gladwell,
Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco have passed the recommendation from their Finance Committee for the Hosting of the 34th America's Cup. That plan, which was claimed by City officials to have been re-negotiated with BMW Oracle Racing since the weekend is for the so-called Northern Alternative, involving a set of Piers and infrastructure more to the north of the City.... [more]
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James Spithill's speech at World Yacht Racing Forum
BMW Oracle Racing Blog,
BMW Oracle Racing skipper James Spithill gave the Opening Keynote Speech this morning at the World Yacht Racing Forum in Estoril, Portugal. Here is a copy of the speech.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Gavin, you've got mail...
Richard Gladwell,
The last bets are being placed in the final rounds of America's Cup Venue Selection. Having spent four months in negotiating what the America's Cup Defender, BMW Oracle Racing described as a 'winning bid', their negotiating team were caught aback when a revised deal was sent through by email, some weeks later.... [more]
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