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America's Cup 34 took its first tentative steps over the last few days when two AC45s tuned up against each other for the first time (at least in the public eye), giving spectators a glimpse of what the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) will be about. (The one-design AC45s, it will be remembered, will be used to contest Cup events before the new, team-designed AC72s come online.) The two wingsail-powered catamarans were sailed by Oracle Racing; one boat is theirs, the other is on charter from Mascalzone Latino, the Challenger of Record.

Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on hand to witness the event. According to Gladwell, the two boats seemed closely matched, build-wise, and provided a dramatic view once the hulls started to lift. Be sure to check out his must-read, on-the-scene account in this issue.

Auckland (NZL) - ORACLE Racing - ORACLE Racing AC45 Sea trials - Sail 3  Gilles Martin-Raget/

Now we have images from the launch of the Artemis AC45, vision from the plant where the AC45's are being built and from more key players.

The America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) is planning media trials on Auckland's Hauraki Gulf, starting in late April. (You can be sure that the Sail-World team will keep you up to the minute).

The goal of these exercises is to provide a dry run for everything ranging from courses to management procedures, prior to the first ACWS event, which start this July. 'We have developed new rules and now we need to test those rules on the water,' said Iain Murray, ACRM CEO and Regatta Director for the ACWS and AC34. 'We learned a lot of things about the performance of the AC45 during sea trials in New Zealand, but now we need to see them in simulated race mode. We will also test new race course configurations to make the racing more engaging for competitors and fans alike.' Read more inside.

Also Cup related, Emirates Team New Zealand has now officially announced their participation in ACWS events, starting this summer. While the team has not made any firm (read: public) decisions as to their involvement in AC34, they have taken possession of their new AC45, which the team has now sailed. Check out the story inside.

Michèle Paret and Dominique Wavre bid farewell © Mirabaud   Mirabaud

Offshore, in the double-handed, nonstop Barcelona World Race (BWR), Dominique Wavre and Michèle Paret, aboard Mirabaud, have retired from racing after being dismasted several days ago. The couple received aide in the form of 40 gallons of diesel, from the Argentina Navy. And at the front of the pack, Virbac-Paprec 3 (Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron) continue to enjoy a healthy lead of some 250 miles over second-placed Mapfre (Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernández) as the boats negotiate the Doldrums. Check out our BWR coverage, in this issue.

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt, US Editor

Videos from Oracle Racing: Two boats train in the rain
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing presents a video of the two AC45's sailing together on the Waitemata Harbour last Friday afternoon, when a serious downpour occurred, as it only can in Auckland out of a blue sky. Winds were not that strong in the Bean Rock area at the entrance to the Waitemata - being recorded at a peak of 21kts at 3.00pm and only 14kts earlier in the afternoon.... [more]
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The California Campaign Sailing O Canada
Resolve Films,
This video series will explore the life of sailors competing in a racing campaign in California. The team, led by International sailing star skipper Richard Clarke, compete in The Islands Race, The Border Run and The Coastal Cup as they prepare for The Transpac Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu. They sail the rugged, powerful and fast Open 60 sailboat O Canada.... [more]
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Ficker Cup - Ferrarese fights his way into Congressional Cup
Rich Roberts,
Ficker Cup - Simone Ferrarese turned 23 this month and this weekend gave himself a birthday present that he'll share with his crew next week: racing in the Long Beach Yacht Club's 47th Congressional Cup.... [more]
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Inside Core Builders Composites' facility at Warkworth
Oracle Racing Media,
If you are not one of the fortunate few who have toured through the Core Builders Composites' facility at Warkworth, join the US Ambassdor to NZ, David Huebner, as he is shown through the facility by Tim Smythe who heads up CBC along with Mark Turner. CBC has a contract with the America's Cup Event Authority to handle a current order of 10 AC45s.... [more]
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Oracle Racing: James Spithill and Murray Jones compare notes on AC33
Oracle Racing,
Two sailors who were rivals in the 33rd America's Cup are now together in the Oracle Racing campaign for the 34th America's Cup. In this video from Oracle Racing, James Spithill, skipper of the Challenger, trimaran USA-17 interviews/compares notes with Murray Jones, one of the crew aboard Alinghi, Defender in the 33rd Match... [more]
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Mirabaud safely in port after Barcelona World Race dismasting
MaxComm Communications,
Mirabaud, helmed by Dominique Wavre and Michèle Paret in the Barcelona World Race, arrived in Mar del Plata at 5pm (CET) on Saturday, under jury rig. The co-skippers were warmly welcomed by a small delegation of friends, journalists, members of their shore team and Mirabaud's local South American contacts.... [more]
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Audi Sailing Series Naples day one to Mascalzone Latino
Joy Dunigan,
Audi Sailing Series, day one in Naples Italy. Lalli's B-Lin Sailing won the first race of the day, followed by Edoardo Pavesio on Fra Martina in second, and Filippo Pacinotti on Brontolo was third.... [more]
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Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli 2011 images
BPSE/Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombetta,
Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli 2011 images by photographers Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombetta.... [more]
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More video selections,
More great sailing video footage is turning up online. For your enjoyment, the Sail-World team world-wide is bringing you a mixture of interesting recent clips and some historic footage each week.... [more]
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America's Cup: The Freo Files - KZ-7 vs US-61 in a big breeze
Sail-World Archives,
The Fremantle Doctor was the single feature that differentiated the 1987 America's Cup from every regatta that has occurred before or since. The strong on-shore breeze that came in every afternoon, arrived around 1.00pm, just in time for the racing. The normally sedate 12 Metre class came to life in the Fremantle Doctor, and provided a spectacular television spectacle, on schedule... [more]
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America's Cup: Swedish team splashes AC45 in Auckland
Sail-World and Artemis Racing,
The third America's Cup team to launch an AC45, Artemis Racing (SWE), splashed their new boat in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour today, Saturday.Hutchinson and the crew left the dock immediately to begin Artemis Racing's first two-week trial of the wing sailed AC45. Meanwhile back in Valencia, the design team is hard at work under the direction of Principal Designer Juan Kouyoumdjian.... [more]
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Solo sailing circumnavigator in more setbacks for world record
Sail-World Cruising,
Sadly, French solo sailor Thomas Coville on his trimaran Sodebo has once again dropped significantly behind the pace necessary for him to set a new round world record for a circumnavigation. Struggling to get past Recife, the most easterly point of South America, he is significantly behind where Francis Joyon was at this time of his voyage.... [more]
Share this story covers the America's Cup AC45 - Video Gallery 1,
Over the past couple of months Sail-World has built up a collection of videos of the AC45, and the development of the America's Cup World Series. For those who have missed any of these here is the first of a three part collection... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Counting down to USA ocean sprint
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans – For ocean sprint four tactics has been deemed the name of the game. This leg of the race is a 5,700-mile slog north from Punta del Este in Uruguay to Charleston on the east coast of the United States of America. At almost the same time as the fleet leaves Punta del Este on March 27 the skippers will face their first challenge of ocean sprint four – the St Helena High.... [more]
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America's Cup: Gary Jobson on Unfurling Opportunities - Video
Vince Casalaina,
Gary Jobson came to speak at Unfurling Opportunities a forum hosted by His longtime association with the America's Cup as both a competitor and a commentator gives him a unique perspective on what having the Cup in San Francisco might mean. He's got some great stories and some good points to think about for anyone who wants to be a part of America's Cup 34.... [more]
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America's Cup: Principal Race Officer describes the courses - Video
Vince Casalaina,
John Craig, America's Cup 34 Principal Race Officer, gave the first public presentation in San Francisco about what the course area for the Cup races would look like. He's planning on using every available inch of open water in the main bay and working with all the stakeholders to make sure that works.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of AC45's first two-boat test on Hauraki Gulf
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, was out on the water yesterday to get the first shots of the two Oracle Racing logo'd AC45's, as they were put through their paces in a piece of two boat testing/combat, giving fans their first taste of what match racing in catamarans could look like.... [more]
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Race to Mackinac exceeds 300 entries to date
Chicago Yacht Club,
Chicago Yacht Club announced just today that the Race to Mackinac 2011 presented by Veuve Clicquot has surpassed the 300 entry threshold.... [more]
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America's Cup: Media Trials to start in Hauraki Gulf in late April
America's Cup Media,
In preparation for the inaugural America's Cup World Series this July, event organizers will stage on and off the water dress rehearsals in Auckland April 25-29 and May 2-6. These test periods will focus on refining all of the courses, support systems and management procedures necessary to stage each AC World Series event and provide a superior experience for both the teams and spectators world... [more]
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America's Cup: Two boat trialling begins on the Hauraki Gulf
Richard Gladwell,
A significant milestone in the 34th America's Cup occurred today on the Hauraki Gulf when two AC45's being sailed by crews from Oracle Racing lined up for a two boat practice session. It is the first time that two AC45's have lined up against each other. Viewers from the shore, were treated to a glimpse of what match racing could be like in the smaller version of the AC72 catamaran to be used... [more]
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SAP 505 Worlds approaching
Di Pearson,
SAP 505 Worlds is deemed as an event not to be missed for a good reason! Hamilton Island will be hosting the event along with the Australian Championship from March 20 to April first, and will feature some high-profile and surprising entries from around the globe... [more]
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The Iceman Cometh - Jablonski on CNN
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Well before dawn, Shirley Robertson and her crew checked the hotline and found out where the ice was hard and smooth and set off for Kuressaare on the Island Saaremaa in Estonia, and the 2011 DN Europeans. The conditions were so good and the stakes were so high that over 150 DN's 12-foot coffins on three sharp blades and a 6.5-square meter sail were gathered.... [more]
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America's Cup: Paul Cayard reflects on 25 years plus of pro-sailing
Erik Simonson and Vince Casalaina,
Upcoming in the next issue of Seahorse Magazine is an interview with Paul Cayard who sat down with Vince Casalaina of Image Integration and Erik Simonson of for a near two hour interview. See a six minute video clip where Cayard talks of the design development of US-61 in the 1987 America's Cup, life with Raoul Gardini, a key decision aboard EF Language..... [more]
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Key West....definitely the jewel in Florida's crown
Bob Wonders,
It's the 'Conch' or 'Conc' Republic and it rates as a fabulous place to visit. Although Key West, the southernmost point of the Continental United States, is only a four-hour drive, one must cross 42 bridges, including the ‘daddy' of them all, the All American seven-mile (11.25 km) bridge.... [more]
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Lake Ontario 300 Challenge Update
Brian Townsend,
Sail-World Canada and Canadian Yachting are proud to be the Official Media Sponsors of the 2011 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge. Welcome Diversicare Canada as a Silver Sponsor to the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge... [more]
Share this story 1987 America's Cup video gallery, 1987 America's Cup video gallery. The Fremantle America's Cup event in 1987 has gone down in history as one of the very best ever. Sail-World has access to the video of that wonderful event and been releasing coverage as we delve. Grab a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or a beer and spend a little time with the collection so far.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates renews commitment to Emirates Team New Zealand
Sail-World and Emirates Team NZ media,
Emirates Team New Zealand launched an AC45 catamaran at Auckland's Viaduct harbour this morning, in conjunction with several other AC45's - all are expected to be sailing today. The AC45 is a 45ft long one design version of the larger AC72 catamaran to be used for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco in September 2013. Both the AC45 and AC72 carry wingsails of a type similar to USA-17... [more]
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Yachtsman Jim Clark donates to two Newport charities
Kirsten Ferguson,
Yachtsman The pioneer and co-founder of Netscape Communications, proved to be a man of his word as demonstrated today with a donation of $150,000 each to two Newport-based charitable organizations: Sail Newport and Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI)... [more]
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Sydney Hobart winner Secret Mens Business 3.5 officially on the market
Secret Men's Business 3.5 team and,
Secret Men's Business 3.5, the overall winner of the 2010 Rolex Sydney to Hobart is now officially on the market. Our question to Geoff was 'Where to from here?' Boettcher responded ‘Winning the Hobart Race was fantastic and we were just blown out of the water. I am not saying we did not deserve it; we worked very hard.'... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race build update from Puma Ocean Racing
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race - Astounding activity surrounds Puma Ocean Racing in the little state of Rhode Island, USA. We feel very fortunate to be building our boat near Newport.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45's start massing in the Viaduct Harbour
Oracle Racing Media and Sail-World,
Oracle Racing sailors took to the water today in their team-branded AC45. With skipper James Spithill on the helm and joined by teammembers Ross Halcrow (trimmer), John Kostecki (tactician), Murray Jones (traveler), Piet van Nieuwenhuyzen (bow) and others, the crew went zipping around the Hauraki Gulf for approximately 90 minutes in an orientation sail.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing are the first team AC45 to sail
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Oracle Racing team became the first America's Cup squad to sail its own AC45 when it went for a short shakedown sail in Auckland on Monday afternoon. For the first time out, the team was on the water for about 90 minutes, checking systems and ensuring everything on the newly branded AC45 was 'shipshape'. More serious testing and training will take place later this week.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing - assembly of the team's first AC45
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Oracle Racing's new AC45 has come together over the past few days in a shed in Viaduct Basin in Auckland. Quick assembly of the AC45 was a priority in the design process, it's quite a simple process. Bolt the crossbeams in place, add the center spine, plant the wing, string the tramp and off you go. OK, that's a bit simplistic, but it doesn't take an army to assemble the craft.... [more]
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