AC45, a 'flip' waiting to happen

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 22 Feb 2011

I used to turn my Hobie 16 over quite a often, so not really sure why they are so excited about flipping the AC45 down in New Zealand. Mind you, I guess that the all-carbon wing-sailed 45 footer is a tad quicker and rather more expensive than my second 16, all those years ago. Anyway, the recently published AC World Series schedule gives everyone plenty of time to get used sailing two hulls on the edge instead of one down the lead mine.

There are some more cats dukin' it out in Oman right now - the Extreme 40s are at it again, and of course the pictures are spectacular.

Guy Nowell, Editor

National Australia Bank Top Dog Trophy - Tomes Cup 2011
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The Bay Regatta 2011 – better than ever!
Event Media,
Held from February 9 to 13, the 14th Bay Regatta has once again earned the title of ‘the Fun Regatta'. An astounding sailing route and anchorages leaving from Phuket through majestic Phang Nga Bay to Krabi and back to Phuket with five nights of prize giving presentations and parties have made this event one of the most memorable ones on the Asian yachting circuit.... [more]
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Puerto Galera Yacht Club Easter Regatta 2011: NOR
Puerto Galera Yacht Club,
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The famous Iloilo Paraw Regatta
T.W. Villavert, PIA Information Services,
The first Paraw Regatta race started in 1973 with the mission to preserve the historic value of the paraws. The competing paraws sailed through the Iloilo Strait between the islands of Guimaras and Panay duing the 30-kilometer race.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series images from Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Carlo Borlenghi presents this gallery of images from the Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 in Oman, Muscat.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Brad van Liew around Cape Horn
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans sprint 3 leader, American ocean racer Brad Van Liew, has passed Cape Horn.,... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Accelerating towards the Pacific
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Eight days ago they were fifth a distant 844 miles from third place in the Barcelona World Race fleet, but this afternoon Pachi Rivero and Toño Piris passed by Wellington, New Zealand and elevated themselves to a podium place as they accelerated towards the Pacific to pursue leaders Virbac-Paprec 3 and Mapfre.... [more]
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America's Cup - The Freo Files: Blackaller's Bet
Archive Video,
Most have fond memories of the 1987 America's Cup in Fremantle. It had everything - big breeze, drama, action on the water and ashore, and a lot of larger than life characters who really bought that series to life. One of those characters was Tom Blackaller who sailed the canard ruddered USA out of San Francisco.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World - New reality TV series follows novice sailors
Zoe Williamson,
From the high seas to the air waves – Clipper Round the World Yacht Race documentary receives global premiere on UK television. Against the Tide, the six-part international documentary series about the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – the only global ocean race to be contested by people from all walks of life – is to be launched in the UK next week.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 capsizes in Hauraki Gulf + Video
Richard Gladwell,
The prototype AC45 capsized on the Hauraki Gulf this afternoon, sustaining serious damage to her wingsail, however the platform would appear to be undamaged and there were no injuries to the crew save for wounded pride. The incident happened off Murray's Bay on Auckland's North Shore. Winds at the time were around 20kts and the AC45 had been sailing at speeds of up to 28.5kts.... [more]
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America's Cup Prototype boat flips in gusty winds,
Today the Swedish challengers Artemis Racing were on board the AC45 sailing in winds of around 20 knots on Hauraki Gulf, Auckland New Zealand, when the boat capsized. No one hurt... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Maxi Banque Populaire V back in Lorient
Banque Populaire V,
On Saturday 22nd January at 12:11:45 pm (Paris time) the Maxi Banque Populaire V took off Ushant on her first attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy with a reference time of 48 days 7 hours 44 minutes and 52 seconds to beat.... [more]
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RC44 Cup San Diego - Ready to do battle
Dobbs Davis,
International high-tech sailing comes to the very front steps of downtown San Diego as nine RC44 Class yachts have arrived at the Broadway Pier in preparation for the Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego. Tilted provocatively in their innovative shipping containers, these carbon fiber yachts will soon join two already launched to compete in a series of match & fleet race sailing on San Diego Bay March 2–6.... [more]
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