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 24 Sep 2013

Harold Wilson famously said “A week is a long time in politics.” There are probably more than a few New Zealanders who think that six days is a painfully short time when it comes to sailing, and in particular the apparent collapse of the almighty Emirates Team New Zealand America's Cup team. After vaulting into a seemingly unassailable lead in the AC34 series, and sitting on match point ever since, Dean Barker and his crew have conceded five straight races to the Oracle opposition. The Spithill/Slingsby/Ainslie trio in the back of the ‘American' boat now need only two wins to draw level with ETNZ.

This morning, having once again rolled out of bed at 0400h local time, and with ETNZ slated for the favoured port entry for both of today's scheduled races, we were expecting to see New Zealand win the America's Cup. Wrong. And then the Great God TV spoke, and the next race was canned for no good reason apart from the fact that the timing was inconvenient.

A week ago, ETNZ seemingly could do no wrong. Now it is Oracle's turn in the driving seat. Will they swap again? Set the alarm clock...

Guy Nowell, Editor

America's Cup: Non-stop Oracle - Day 13
Bob Fisher,
Larry Ellison delivered the keynote speech at OracleWorld, the 60,000-strong conference (that has filled San Francisco hotels and doubled the room rates) of the software company on Sunday, but on Monday he deserted the multitude and took to a RIB to watch the racing and cheer on his America's Cup team. He returned to shore happier.... [more]
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America's Cup - A Groundhog win
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
For the last five days, Emirates Team New Zealand have needed just a single win to take the 34th America's Cup and for the fifth day in a row, the Kiwis have not been able to nail it. It was a flood tide again, the wind was blowing at 11 knots at the scheduled start time.... [more]
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49er and 49erFX World Championships - Sailors ready for a great battle
Ben Remocker,
On the eve of the 17th 49er World Championship and first ever 49erFX World Championship, the city of Marseille eagerly awaits a great battle. The 49er has 95 participants, the second highest total ever and the largest in a decade.... [more]
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More Tall Ships heading for the Caribbean
Caribbean Sail Training Association,
The beginning of a well know poem written by John Masefield in 1902 is now more and more turned into reality by the sail training vessels, the so called 'Tall Ships'. Several vessels are preparing their winter season with the intention to sail in the Caribbean by the end of this year and the beginning of 2014.... [more]
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Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta - Thousands flock to Moll d'Espanya
On Sunday, the docks that host the Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta again reached around 50,000 citizens. The visits to big vessels recorded long queues, as in German Alexander von Humbolt II which recorded the visit of around 2,000 people.... [more]
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PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Shock lingers for Marcilio Browne + Video
Matthew Pryor,
The 2013 PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup windsurfing champion, Marcilio 'Brawzinho' Browne, was still shock on Monday after his surprise victory over the double world champion, Philip Köster, on Sunday. Browne was the fourth different winner in the four years of competition in Klitmøller, underlining the status of Cold Hawaii as the most open and exciting stop on the world cup tour.... [more]
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International C-Class Catamaran Championship - Day 1 video story
The Flying Boats,
Sea mist may have prevented racing on the first day of the 2013 International C-Class Catamaran Championship, but local videographer Michael Todd was able to share some of the excitement with a 3-minute video story.... [more]
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Asia Pacific Student Cup 2013 - Team GEKKO wins
Fidelis Tan,
At the Asia Pacific Student Cup 2013, Japanese Kohei Ichikawa and his team of Ryohei Nakayama, Kato Fumiya, Junichi Arakawa representing Waseda University, won after an intense four days of racing in the Marina Bay, Singapore.... [more]
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Clipper Yacht Race - Fleet battles through the Doldrums
Clipper Ventures,
At the 2013-14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, after a night of close racing, the 12 strong fleet of matched racing yachts competing continue its battle through the unsettled conditions of the Doldrums.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Port Entry pre-determines most race outcomes
Richard Gladwell,
The advantage of the port hand entry into the start box is proving to be decisive. In this commentary the dominance and advantage of the port entry is analysed, showing that in the last seven races, the boat which has entered to port, or has the inside berth at the start, has gone on to win in six of the seven races and has gained an advantage of 29 to 85 metres at the start of leg 2.... [more]
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Hong Kong to Vietnam Race - A truly cosmopolitan experience
RHKYC Media,
At the biennial Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, the entry list for this year's edition features sixteen boats from around the globe, from the Dubois 90, Ragamuffin 90, through three TP52's to the smallest competitor, A35 Red Kite II and featuring a lone multihull, MACH2... [more]
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J/24 North American Championship - John Mollicone Achieves Consecutive
J/24 Class Association,
John Mollicone of Newport, RI outlasted 45 other teams to become the J/24 Sea Bags North American Champion.With Tim Healy (tactics), Collin Leon (mast), Geoff Becker (trim) and Gordon Borges (bow), team Helly Hansen totaled 50 points in the 10-race series to narrowly edge out a charging Matias Seguel of Chile by two points. Nicolas Cubria of Argentina took Elvis to third place with 62 points.... [more]
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A 'new-generation' anchor - fake or real?
Neil Langford, Crystal Blues/Sail-World Cruising,
Neil and Ley Langford are currently sailing in South East Asia on their yacht!Crystal_Blues. This is Neil's story of changing to a 'new generation' anchor, where he comes up with some interesting facts - not so much because of the brand that they chose, but because of the potential difficulty of finding out what was real and what was fake:... [more]
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America's Cup: Can this go on?
Bob Fisher,
Jimmy Spithill was confident when he faced the media on Friday. 'We know we can win this thing', he said, 'We are working hard on the boat, making alterations to produce more speed every time we come ashore.' It seems as though his confidence has spread throughout the crew and Oracle Team USA is making what could be the biggest comeback since Lazarus.... [more]
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PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - ‘Brawzinho' tames ferocious North Sea
Chris Yates,
The last day of the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup saw an enthralling day of competition as Cold Hawaii returned to life with a vengeance, as howling winds and big, powerful waves arrived just in the nick of time to allow a result to be gained for the fourth successive year.... [more]
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America's Cup Race 14 - New Zealand expects – disappointment again,
Deep into this America's Cup, Oracle Team USA seem to be the faster boat, with a double tag brains trust with Sir Ben Ainslie and Tom Slingsby making good calls around the track.... [more]
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PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Shocking upset on Klitmøller super Sunday
Matthew Pryor,
In the biggest upset in windsurfing since Philip Köster was beaten in the Cold Hawaii final last year, Marcilio 'Brawzinho' Browne, from Brazil, beat Köster in the final of the 2013 PWA Cold Hawaii world cup in Klitmøller on Sunday.... [more]
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Clipper Round The World Yatch Race - Great Britain claims first place
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper Round The World Yatch Race, in the last 24 hours the interchangeable conditions of dreaded Doldrums have shaken up the leader board once again, with Great Britain currently claiming first place in the race to Rio... [more]
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World's oldest clipper starts her journey home to mother.
Martin Cox, Maritime Matters/Sail-World Cruising,
The world's oldest clipper ship has started the first leg of what it is hoped will be her final journey - half way across the world from Irvine in Scotland to form the centrepiece of a museum in South Australia in the city which shares her name - City of Adelaide.... [more]
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PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Final day to be action packed
Chris Yates,
The penultimate day of the PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup saw the wind return, which saw the majority of the fleet head out onto the water at some point, but unfortunately the waves didn't arrive in time for the single elimination to be resumed.... [more]
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Clipper 13-14 Race - Fickle conditions shake up the leader board
The Clipper Race,
It's been all change at the top of the leader board in the last 24 hours as the 12 strong fleet of racing yachts competing in the Clipper 13-14 Race battle the variable and dynamic conditions of the Doldrums.... [more]
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Turkey's crack rescuers trek 50 miles for three British sailors
Ted Thornhill/Sail-World Cruising,
AKUT (pronounced 'acute'), Turkey's crack mountain rescue team has trekked 50 miles and climbed three mountains to reach and rescue three British sailors who ended up on the rocks near the coastal resort town of Datca. The sailors, all in their 60s, were stranded for 14 hours before being rescued, as initially fierce seas prevented the Turkish coastguard from reaching them... [more]
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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston: another prestigious award in Monaco
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
Probably the most honoured sailor in yachting history, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has been honoured again. 'I really had no idea I was going to the recipient of such a prestigious title', he said after the award presentation, which was held during the Monaco Classic Week.... [more]
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2nd Asia Pacific Student Cup 2013 – End of RR and into Quarters
Aaron Tam,
The round robin stage of the second Asia Pacific Student Cup went into the third day of racing, where 14 student sail teams from Singapore, Australia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Ireland, Thailand and China fight it out for a spot to advance to the next stage of this match race event.... [more]
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Asia Pacific Student Cup 2013 - Challenging conditions on Day 2
Aaron Tam,
At the Asia Pacific Student Cup 2013 day two saw sunny clear weather and winds ranging from three to 10 knots. The day started with 90-degree oscillating wind shifts that proved challenging for both race officials as well as racers. Top marks were constantly being changed due to the fickle-minded wind and sailors were left keeping up with their competitors and the course changes... [more]
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Nothwest Passage closes early, some yachts through, others abandoned
Jane George, Nunatsiaq News/Sail-World Cruising,
Canada's National Snow and Ice Data Center now says the Northwest Passage is closed by ice, and according to some reports the ice this year had up to 60% more coverage than last year with some yachts having to abandon their attempt to transit the great passage. But not all.... [more]
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Asia Pacific Student Cup - Singapore leads on Day 1
Aaron Tam,
The second Asia Pacific Student Cup started yesterday with 14 teams representing tertiary institutions from Singapore, Australia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Ireland, Thailand and China, fighting for glory at this match race event... [more]
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Mini Transat - A magnetic challenge whose success cannot be denied
Solene Rennuit,
To understand the renewed success of each edition of the Mini Transat we must consider the principles that led to its destiny, principles that are jealously guarded by the membership to protect the integrity of the Mini Class.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - Canadian title defence
After a fiercely contested week on the water, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) was confirmed as winner of the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) Invitational Cup presented by Rolex. In the process, the Toronto-based club successfully defended the title it won in 2011.... [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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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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