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 18 Sep 2013

Who knew it? Who knew that after the disappointment and enervation of the Louis Vuitton Cup, someone would light the blue touch paper and set off the fireworks that have become the America's Cup? Who knew that Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand would be trading punches at 35kts+? I am delighted to be proved wrong. So delighted, that if anyone phones me at 0400h tomorrow morning, Hong Kong time, I will take the call while watching the next two races of the America's Cup. I have a favourite (of course), but I will be cheering the racing and not just the victors – whoever they may be - in the small hours of tomorrow. Hope you're enjoying it too!

Guy Nowell, Editor

America's Cup: Yes you can - Day 6
Bob Fisher,
'You will never be able to match race those catamarans,' was the cry on many detractors' lips, but in the tenth race of America's Cup 34 the naysayers were firmly silenced. There were more lead changes on the windward leg than of the total number in the Match thus far – seven towards the end of the leg – and the excitement never paled.... [more]
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Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show to showcase Gulf of Thailand
Event Media,
Ocean Marina Yacht Club are to host the second Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show, showcasing the Gulf of Thailand's marine leisure industry and underscoring its position as a strategic yachting hub in South East Asia. To be held 22nd to 24th November at Ocean Marina Yacht Club on Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, on Thailand's Eastern Seaboard, the event is expected to attract over 100 exhibitors... [more]
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AC34: Oracle Team USA Demonstrates New Pace and Rekindles Yankee Hopes
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
There's no question that Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA are now in fine fighting mode. Their boat has been retooled, their crew work is noticeably tighter, and their upwind speed has dramatically improved. The only real question is whether the American-flagged Defender can win eight more races before the Challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) can bag another two wins to claim the Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup: Predictwind - Weird winds for Day 7
Richard Gladwell,
Predictwind indicates that more moderate winds winds will prevail for Sunday, Races 9 and 10 of the 2013 America's Cup. The first race starts at 1.15pm on Sunday, local time with the second race scheduled for 1415hrs.... [more]
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2nd Asia Pacific Student Cup back at the Marina Bay, Singapore
Fidelis Tan,
As the F1 fever descends upon Singapore yet again, the picturesque Marina Bay area will not only be welcoming race car drivers but various local and international student sailing teams as well. The second Asia Pacific Student Cup will be held this year from 17 – 21 September 2013.... [more]
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Clipper Round The World Yacht Race - Competition heats up on day 9
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper 13-14 Yacht Race Leg 1, as the 12 strong fleet competing head further south towards destination Rio de Janeiro, on day 9 of race 2, it's not just the temperature that's heating up but the competition too.... [more]
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America's Cup Races 11 & 12 Streaming Live here soon!!,
America's Cup Live Replay Races 9 & 10 The 'September Showdown' for the 34th America's Cup continues at 1315 PST time today Tuesday 17th September 2013 (wind permitting)... [more]
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PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Sun, rain, hail and rainbows on day 1
Chris Yates,
The opening day of the 2013 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup saw a complete mixture of weather as sun, rain, hail and rainbows all made an appearance at some point during the day. However, the one crucially missing ingredient throughout the day was consistent wind, which fluctuated considerably as the squalls passed through Cold Hawaii.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: A Crucial Race

The final race for today was a break-point for the 34th America's Cup. Had Oracle Team USA been able to pull off a second victory for the day, giving herself a hat-trick of wins from the past two days – then she would have gone into the one-day break feeling very satisfied.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - A night of close racing on day 8
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race, after another 24 hours of changeable conditions for the fleet during the first major ocean crossing, the Atlantic, further decisions will soon need to be made as the optional Scoring Gate rapidly approaches.... [more]
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America's Cup - Ken Read's View: Why both AC72's continue to progress
Ken Read,
North Sails President and TV Commentary Team member, Ken Read gives his insider's view of the America's Cup Regatta: People have been talking about the fact that the two participants in this America's Cup seem to be constantly improving. Well, that is because the AC Rules work in a way that let the teams tweak their boats so they can continue to change, develop and still measure in.... [more]
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PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Of princes and champions
Matthew Pryor,
HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark met the PWA windsurfing stars on Sunday evening in Klitmøller, Denmark on the eve of the 2013 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup which commences on Monday, September 16.... [more]
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AC34: A look at American hopes for a successful defense
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
For American fans of America's Cup racing, these are dark days. Our team is trailing Team New Zealand six to zero, which is a historically unprecedented 'slump'. Still, hopes flickered slightly higher yesterday after Oracle Team USA-the Defender-managed to win a critical race that bought the team a bit more precious chronological runway in which to improve their boat and their boat handling.... [more]
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2013 Turkish Lycian Yacht Rally - One perfect day
Trevor Joyce,
Some days everything falls into place, begging the question – why can't it be like this all the time? This particular day was the Thursday of the first week of the 2013 Turkish Lycian Yacht Rally, operated by Mariner Boating Holidays between Marmaris and Antalya in Turkey. The rally format alternates fun passage races between ports along the route with leisure days when exploration takes over... [more]
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PWA World Cup - Kiri Thode finally ends Gollito's unbeaten run
For the first time in fifteen years, the return of the PWA to the Netherlands proved to be a huge success as Brouwersdam produced a superb blend of conditions for the elite of the freestyle world. Anything from storm force winds combined with heavy rain, to glorious evening light with 20 knots and perfect flat water greeted the competitors over the course of the week... [more]
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NYYC Invitational Cup - Royal Canadian YC succeeds in defending title,
At the 2013 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club team from Toronto has won, successfully defending the title they first won in 2011 at the second edition of this biennial Corinthian event.... [more]
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Caring for your inflatable dinghy - Ten Top Tips
Des Ryan,
Inflatable dinghies are great transport for cruising sailors - they are fairly easy to maintain and can be deflated or stored easily on the deck during long journeys. However, even though they are easier to maintain than fibreflass dinghies, they still require care to keep them in the best shape for the longest possible time. Check out these Ten Top Tips to keep your dinghy in great condition:... [more]
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America's Cup: ISAF refuses to uphold de Ridder Appeal over exclusion
Richard Gladwell,
The International Sailing Federation's Review Board, has not upheld an Appeal by Oracle Team USA wing trimmer Dirk de Ridder over his exclusion from the 34th America's Cup. de Ridder was one of five Oracle Team USA people named in a decision handed down four days before the start of the 34th America's Cup over measurement tampering during the last four events of the America's Cup World Series.... [more]
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2013 Phuket King's Cup Regatta
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is Asia's biggest and most popular regatta. Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the event has been held every year since during the first week of December....
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