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 10 Feb 2013
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Artemis and Oracle Team USA - San Francisco - February 8, 2013  Erik Simonson ©

With the America's Cup events drawing nearer, we see action on the piers in San Francisco where Race Village construction is well under way. On the water, we have images of Oracle Team USA, the America's Cup defender, racing Challenger of Record Artemis during practice outings on San Francisco Bay; I look forward to the July events on the AC72's, beginning with the Louis Vuitton Cup on July 4th. In the meantime, the AC World Series, on the smaller AC 45 yachts, resumes in mid-April in Italy.

Hooligan and Calm 2 approach the bottom mark together. - TP52 Southern Cross Cup  John Curnow ©

It's racing season down under and Victoria's Sandringham Yacht Club plays host to the TP52 Southern Cross Cup; check out results and images below.

Finally, once Bertrand de Broc crosses the Vendée Globe finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne later today, only two yachts will remain at sea. Tanguy de Lamotte on Initiatives-Coeur will be rounding the Azores soon after competing repairs on his yacht following dagger board damages that left a hole in the hull. Further back, Alessandro di Benedetto is not giving up with a little over 2000 miles to go and hopes to complete his first participation on a 14-year-old boat soon.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

Wow! That was the TP52 Southern Cross Cup
John Curnow,
Honestly, how much fun has the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup been, and I have not even been sailing it. True, some may have liked more wind and it was certainly not as consistent as Melbourne's Port Phillip is known for, but Race Management did manage to get all eight races in, which in turn allows for the one drop from the series scores.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of Artemis Racing
Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing (SWE) was on San Francisco Bay for another day of practice and testing. These images courtesy of [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup Team Beau Geste holds out local challengers
Lisa Ratcliff,
TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013 - The Gavin Brady master class in match racing continued on Port Phillip today, but hot on Team Beau Geste's stern and chalking up their first bullet in race five was Marcus Blackmore's Hooligan.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA sails in fresh winds at San Francisco
Guilain Grenier, Oracle Team USA,
Oracle Team USA was sailing today in fresh winds averaging 15kts - from wind recordings at one location. Guilain Grenier, the team photographer posted these images of the day.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Dominique Wavre takes seventh in Les Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe skipper Dominique Wavre crossed the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne at 15 :16 :42hrs (UTC). He takes seventh place in the race behind Mike Golding. His elapsed time is 90 days 3hours 14minutes 42 seconds. His average speed on the course is 11.3 knots. He has sailed 27,395.82 miles on the water at an average speed of 12.7 knots.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing hook up briefly
San Francisco based website reports that America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA and Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing (SWE) were both sailing in San Francisco, and the two sailed against each other for a brief time.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Images from Teri Dodds
Teri Dodds,
The TP52 fleet today made history on Port Phillip in Melbourne, with the commencement of their inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup. Teri Dodds was on the water and presents these images from Day One.... [more]
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America's Cup: Village coming together on Pier 27
Erik Simonson,,
Good progress is being made on construction at Piers 27-29, on the San Francisco waterfront, as the date draws nearer for the first Concert Series at the spectator villagein mid May, and the Louis Vuitton Series beginning July 4th.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Emotion and reflection in Les Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe,
Following the arrival of three Vendee Globe skippers in Les Sables d'Olonne in close succession yesterday - to conclude their respective adventures - today was one for the respective skippers, Jean Le Cam, Mike Golding and Bernard Stamm to reflect on their own races in more depth.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - 33rd edition has something for everyone
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta,
With a little over three weeks to go before action commences in the 33rd annual edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, entries continue to pour in and plans continue to firm up. The 2013 running of the event begins on February 28th with the pre-regatta tune-up series, the Gill Commodore's Cup. With nearly 150 boats now registered, the fleet continues to grow.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA foils again in San Francisco
Oracle Team USA's rebuilt AC72, USA-17, has sailed for two days in San Francisco, and the team have released some images and video showing her in foiling mode. Some changes have clearly been made to the boat - most obvious being removal of the former steering system, now replaced with a wheel, the same as Emirates Team NZ.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Brit Mike Golding 6th in historic third race finish
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, when British skipper Mike Golding on Gamesa crossed the finish line at 18h 38m 26s UTC this Wednesday 6th February he took sixth place. He became the first sailor ever in the iconic race's 24-year history to finish three times and completed his journey just 6 hours 23 mins and 28secs behind his French rival Jean Le Cam.... [more]
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2013 ‘Summer of Racing' calendar culminates with America's Cup Finals
Irene Corosu,
The calendar for the 2013 ‘Summer of Racing' in San Francisco has been revealed, culminating with the America's Cup Finals from September 7-21, when the defending champion, Oracle Team USA, will face the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup (the America's Cup Challenger Series).... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Jean Le Cam takes fifth place
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Jean Le Cam crossed the finish line at 12h:14m:58s UTC (local time France minus one hour) this Wednesday 6th February to end a gale stricken final passage across the Bay of Biscay and secure fifth place overall after a long, protracted battle with English skipper Mike Golding, an adversary which he has enjoyed many previous encounters with.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Race to stop at Newport, Rhode Island for first time
Volvo Ocean Race,
Newport, Rhode Island will host the Volvo Ocean Race for the first time after winning a place on the route for the 12th edition of sailing's premier round-the-world challenge in 2014-15. The Race will reach Newport, one of the world's sailing capitals, around May 2015 after a stop in Itajaí, Brazil. From Newport, the teams will sail across the Atlantic for the final legs around Europe.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Record entry to take part in 5th edition
Louay Habib,
More than fifty yachts will be competing for the fifth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600. The Royal Ocean Racing Club's latest ocean race has proved an irresistible temptation to an international set of yacht owners and crew representing nations from an incredible 28 different countries.... [more]
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America's Cup: Onto the next phase for Oracle Team USA
Oracle Team USA,
America's Cup 2013. Oracle Team USA ‘17' was back in the San Francisco Bay today, beginning the next phase of training for their upcoming America's Cup defense. A crew of 11 sailors, plus members of the design and performance team, took Oracle Team USA's AC72 racing yacht on the water for testing and commissioning of the boat and new wing.... [more]
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Melges 20 Class celebrates ISAF International Class recognition
Joy Dunigan,
As of January 1st, the International Audi Melges 20 Class Association is officially a recognized ISAF International Class. This is an impressive milestone in its short but storied history, an accolade which enables the Audi Melges 20 Class to conduct its very first World Championship, set to take place in Fall/Winter 2013 in South Florida, where in upwards to 60+ boats are expected to attend.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Jean-Pierre Dick takes fourth with no keel
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, French skipper Jean-Pierre Dick crossed the finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne this afternoon at 15hrs 5mins and 40 seconds UTC/GMT to finish fourth in this famous solo nonstop around the world race. His third participation has yielded his best ever result, despite having to race the final 2 650 miles without a keel on his IMOCA Open 60 Virbac-Paprec 3.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from Emirates Team NZ's launch in Auckland
Richard Gladwell,
Images from Emirates Team NZ's launch of their second AC72 in Auckland. These images of the boat and gear show a lot of the refinements which have been done from the first design, mainly in the area of platform fairing and drag reduction. The boat features smaller foils and slightly altered hull shape from its predecessor... [more]
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