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As in knock me down... Like this wasn't going to happen. No semaphore was required here. Intrigue in the AC is nothing new. It is a shame, for sure, but we commented at the time of the late arrivals that the cash pool simply was not big enough, and alas, it may well yet come to pass. The fact that one panel says you don't need to pay up until racing begins is one thing, but with the big boats meant to be in the water by the middle of the year, it would now seem that time has become even more critical than money, and way more valuable.

Sticks and foils may be supplied, but there is still the aspect of hull, and most crucially the crew who will fly these beasts that needs to be addressed. If the Sydney SailGP showed anything, it was that the racing on foils can quickly become a tad lifeless and foreseeable if one or two teams are able to make good in the prevailing conditions, and capitalise on what is really a three to one advantage in high rider mode, over low.

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Team The Netherlands shows her new livery and name - photo © Virtual Eye
Team The Netherlands shows her new livery and name - photo © Virtual Eye

Teams may have come out in their own defence, and it will be great to have more than the original fab four as part of the final make up for this concert of a lifetime, but if the AC is known for anything over and above the racing, then it must be the mimes, games, charades, stand up, Chinese Whispers, puppet show, pantomime, and opera that surpasses one Bernie Ecclestone, and quickly becomes something of the love child between Marcel Marceau, Benny Hill, Dame Joan Sutherland, and Joan Rivers (God rest all their souls, and thanks for the memories).

Equally, Newshub was quick to jump on it, but were the stories verified? Talking with Chris Dickson about it is one thing (and his generic comments are valid), yet there were no quotes from the interested parties themselves, and so alas, is this more like chumming the waters, and a lot less like putting the brain into first gear, let alone overdrive? Just how beneficial comments suggesting 'crowdfunding', and 'dead in the water' are at this juncture, remain a bit of anathema to me. As too, the NYYC's DNA driven penchant for court action.

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Stars + Stripes Partner with Musto for the 36th America's Cup - photo © Matthew Brush
Stars + Stripes Partner with Musto for the 36th America's Cup - photo © Matthew Brush

Now it may all still go down the drain hole, but for now, Stars and Stripes have 'redoubled their efforts', and the Dutch 'have not given up', which come from their own mouths. So alas, and just as the Arbitration Panel has said, until it is time to race, they are valid. Should they choose to bow out in the meantime, then so be it, but perhaps wait for the milk to go off before pouring it down the sink, please.

So yes, let's make it all about the time on the water, and whomever is lucky enough to be out there. Incidentally, if you thought that it seemed weird that the Kiwis themselves were not waterborne yet, then do not fear. Glenn Ashby assures me they will be out there very soon, as in just a couple of months. Ultimately, the America's Cup stands for sailing. Let the Golden Globes, Tony's, Grammy's, box office takings, und so weiter, deal with the rest!

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Lorenzo Chiavarini - Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar, Day 2 - photo © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / Trofeo Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR
Lorenzo Chiavarini - Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar, Day 2 - photo © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / Trofeo Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR

Small boats now, and of late, it might seem that the Lasers have had the same script writers working on their movie too, but equally, a bit of argy-bargy is nothing new in their camp, either. Only this latest fracas might have serious ramifications for the goose that laid the golden egg, as we discussed last week in Oh Yeah. Giddy Up!!!

It must be pretty serious when vested parties use words like 'deplorable', and then almost immediately after, 'falsehoods and misrepresentations'. Invariably, when the mud starts to get slung far and wide, anyone looking to do business with the protagonists runs a million miles. In this case, that would be the Olympics. The other card always used in these types of affairs is follow the money trail. When you're arguably the most successful class ever, that means a lot. That Laser Performance wants a World Sailing inspector to sign off on their building methodologies speaks not in volumes, but entire libraries, as to that state of affairs between them and the class association. Laser Performance have even had a go at Performance Sailcraft Australia, who against the sheer weight of the European scenario must look like a minnow, and you end up wondering whether the wagons have formed the circle, leaving only the fire arrows to solve the dispute. Keep your flammables far away, me thinks, and don't smoke!

This is Ghostrider requesting a flyby. Negative Ghostrider, the pattern is full. Vaikobi powered Team Bliksem. - photo © M32 Series
This is Ghostrider requesting a flyby. Negative Ghostrider, the pattern is full. Vaikobi powered Team Bliksem. - photo © M32 Series

I feel the need. The need for something lighter. So OK then, and paying homage to Top Gun, the Vaikobi powered M32, Bliksem, requests a flyby. 'Buzzing the tower', including the coffee spill, takes on a new, waterborne meaning. Check it out for yourself in this video. The pattern may be full Ghostrider, but since when did that matter, and thanks to #vaikobisail for making us aware of it.

Right oh here today there are some gems for you to review. We have information about the IMOCAs, superyachts with North Sails, the Olympic classes at Mallorca and well done to Waterhouse and Darmanin along with all the medallists, Melges 20, the Clipper, the man behind Pantaenius' stunning art series, Sail Port Stephens, Gabart and that amazing Ultime tri known as Macif, SailGP, and certainly there is much, much more.

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The original version of the image adapted to become the 2018 Sail Port Stephens image on the right. - photo © Pantaenius
The original version of the image adapted to become the 2018 Sail Port Stephens image on the right. - photo © Pantaenius

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A case of Catch 22 in the entrée to Sail Port Stephens
It's 22 nautical miles from Newcastle Harbour to the Port Stephens heads, and today there was a catch – as in, no breeze at the start of the annual Sail Port Stephens feeder race.

Clipper Race partnership with Hyde Sails enters new decade
Since its debut as Official Sails Supplier for the Clipper 2009-10 Race, Hyde Sails, which prides itself on being at the forefront of sail technology, has designed, developed and produced bespoke blue water sail wardrobes for the Clipper Race fleet.

Hetairos gains performance boost with new sails
The 218-foot ketch Hetairos is a longtime client of North Sails and was an early adopter of 3Di sails within the superyacht crowd.

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Alan Roura and La Fabrique, the fabric of success - Vendée Globe campaign
Twelfth in the 2016-2017 race aboard one of the oldest IMOCAs in the fleet, the Swiss sailor has been sailing since then with a foiler allowing him to develop his skills and improve his performance.

Entries open for 2019 MHYC Women's Regatta
Middle Harbour Yacht club invites competitors to enter MHYC Women's Regatta which will be held on May 4, 2019.

55th LBYC Congressional Cup - Day 4
In a stunning shakeup, Scott Dickson (USA) defeated Johnie Berntsson (SWE) in the semi-final series of the 55th Congressional Cup at Long Beach Yacht Club and will advance to Sunday's finals to race Ian Williams (GBR).

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International Melges 20 World Championship at Coconut Grove Sailing Club - Day 3
There is no doubt that the story of the day today at the Melges 20 World Championship is the ultra-tight racing that is ever-present in the fleet. Three days of racing are complete, and each day has resulted in a different leader.

Gold for Waterhouse and Darmanin at Princess Sofia Trophy
Australian Sailing Team members Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin have claimed Gold for Australia in the Nacra 17 class at the 50th Princess Sofia Trophy Iberostar in Palma, Spain today.

Andy Maloney secures Princesa Sofia gold after epic medal race in Palma
Andy Maloney secured the 50 Trofeo Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR on Saturday after an epic medal race in 18-20 knots, just doing enough to finish close enough to race winner Giles Scott to take the title by two points.

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Trofeo Sofia Iberostar finishes with medal blast
As the overall trophy for this 50th anniversary edition went to China's up and coming Yue Tan in a light RS:X Women's fleet in which there were no medallists competing – it goes to the sailor with the lowest points average over their race series

Nine teams line-up for 44Cup season opener in Montenegro
While the majority of teams have opted for strategic consistency, retaining the same crew as last year, a few key changes promise to mix things up.

North Sails Weekly Debrief: #NSVictoryList, Downwind Sails, Palma Superyacht Show, 3Di NORDAC
Luigi Giannattasio's Argentinian team Donino made a grand debut at their first Melges World League event in Villasimius, Italy.

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Meet the Clipper 2019-20 Race skippers: Mike Surridge
With all eleven Clipper 2019-20 Race Skippers now revealed, it's time to find out more about them as individuals.

Kiwis join the National Sailing League Final
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, home of the next America's Cup, is fielding an open team of skipper Zane Gifford, Matt Steven on mainsheet, Stephen Broadbent trimmer and Erica Dawson on bow

International Melges 20 World Championship at Coconut Grove Sailing Club - Day 2
The Melges 20 fleet is five races and three socials into the Melges 20 World Championship. Consistent racing has been paying off for Robert Hughes's Heartbreaker who leads the pack at the halfway point, along with Manu Weiller and Federico Michetti.

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Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar - Day 5: Job Done, Victories Assured in 49er and 470 Men
When the medal races start on Saturday at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar there will be no pressure on Britain's 49er pair Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell as they have clinched the class title with a day to spare.

2019 Helly Hansen Women's Challenge at Manly Yacht Club: Overall
After the postponement of the Helly Hansen Women's Challenge at Manly Yacht Club earlier in March due to inclement weather, Sydney Harbour was bathed in sunlight as the fleet competed in a solid 16-18 knot gusty sou' westerly breeze.

Para Sailing back at Medemblik Regatta
Sailing may not be included in the Paralympic Games anymore; World Sailing has said to continue to support the sailors as well as grow and promote Para World Sailing globally.

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Gladwell's Line: Laser punch-up..Kiwis firing in Palma..Fake news hurts Cup
The Am Cup has a big following in the sailing and sometimes mainstream media. That has its downsides as we saw on Tuesday, with 3News breaking a story claiming that the three late Challengers would not be on the start line of the 2021 America's Cup

Make 2019 count - Kinder cleaning
Cleaning products can account for more waste than we might think and there are plenty of alternatives that can make a significant difference to your impact on the world. Here are a few ways to cut our negative impact on the environment.

Bodendieck. Hinnerk Bodendieck
OK. You're right. It might not roll off your tongue as smartly as 007's, but Hinnerk is nearly as famous. Well, certainly in the art world anyway.

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Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar - Day 4: Selection Pressures Telling
A brisk, NW'ly mistral wind, blowing offshore required contenders at Mallorca's 50th anniversary Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar to do their best to deal with big changes in wind direction and strength.

Meet the Clipper 2019-20 Race skippers: Ian Wiggin
With all eleven Clipper 2019-20 Race Skippers now revealed, it's time to find out more about them as individuals.

Statement from Long Beach Yacht Club regarding Stars + Stripes USA
Long Beach Yacht Club's Challenge for the 36th America's Cup presented by Prada, Stars + Stripes USA, has not withdrawn from the America's Cup and has no plans to do so.

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Podcast: Why Jack Griffin calls this America's Cup 'mysterious'
Things have been mighty quiet with the America's Cup since Bermuda 2017. It's almost exactly the halfway point between the last Cup and the next edition in Auckland 2021, so where are things up to?

Record fleet ready to roll at Sail Port Stephens 2019
As Sail Port Stephens 2019 comes under starters orders, a mammoth 248 entries have been received across classes ranging from sports boats to TP52s – even before counting the junior one-sail and 16-foot skiff fleets that will register on their race day.

First local entry to Airlie Beach Race Week no longer a 'Mistery'
When Bill Hopton entered his Swarbrick S99 into the 2019 Airlie Beach Race Week, he wasn't expecting to be the first local in the Festival of Sailing's fleet.

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Qingdao honours tradition in Clipper 2019-20 Race yacht branding
The sixteen year partnership between Qingdao and the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has inspired the branding for the yacht which will represent China's Sailing City in the 2019-20 edition of the global ocean challenge.

François Gabart on the subject of Brest Atlantiques: "We have emerged much stronger!"
As far as the MACIF trimaran skipper is concerned, the new Brest Atlantiques race, in which the Ultim' fleet sets off from Brest to Rio and then to the Cape of Good Hope, before returning to Finistère, is a sign of the vitality of the Ultim 32/23 class

America's Cup: Three teams respond to Kiwi media emission
Following claims by 3News that "half of the boats challenging for the America's Cup will not make it to the start line in 2021", two of the late Challenging teams have issued statements confirming they are definitely in the 36th America's Cup.

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Extreme Sailing Series™ 2019 update
In 2019 the Extreme Sailing Series brand is set to continue in a new direction, as organisers OC Sport confirm they will cease management of the circuit. Details will be revealed soon.

Gladwell's Line: America's Cup enters a critical phase
It was a surprise to get a call mid-afternoon yesterday from a TV news reporter, asking if there was any truth in the statement that all three of the late Challengers were writing media releases saying they were pulling out of the 36th America's Cup.

J/70 at Club Marine Sail Expo, RPAYC Newport
The Australian J/70 Class Association will be on hand to chat through why they love the J/70 and why it has become an international success story.

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Lasers, L30s, the Olympics and their paths forward
The summer before sixth grade, I ran headlong into my first serious case of puppy love. It was not, however, my memorably attractive sailing instructor that caught my eye, but rather a [I]Laser[/I].

Grahame Robb Associates appointed official learning and development partner to Clipper 2019-20 Race
Clipper Race has announced that Grahame Robb Associates has been appointed to deliver a bespoke leadership development programme, specially designed to hone the leadership and team development skills of its professional Skippers and Mates

America's Cup: Construction of facilities proceeds in Auckland
Work is proceeding on several sites for the construction of America's Cup bases, in Auckland. The first bases are expected to be handed over in four months

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Protexit Blocks: Halyards never had it so good
Offering advanced wear protection and the highest working loads ever for Harken small Boat exit blocks, Protexit blocks ensure smooth and secure running of lines and halyards under a variety of conditions.

Meet the Clipper 2019-20 Race skippers: Ben Keitch
With all eleven Clipper 2019-20 Race Skippers now revealed, we are bringing you a closer introduction into their background and personalities, and what they might be like to live with on board.

America's Cup: DutchSail gaining momentum
As payment deadlines come and go in the 36th America's Cup, the DutchSail team have issued a media statement indicating that the team is making progress towards achieving a build deadline.

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The World Sailing Show - April 2019
We also find out how aircraft giants Airbus are helping American Magic to develop their trial horse, the Mule as their America's Cup campaign continues to take shape.

Long Beach Yacht Club Ficker Cup - Overall
In an exciting winner-takes-all final match, Harry Price (AUS) of Down Under Racing defeated Chris Poole (USA) to capture the Long Beach Yacht Club Ficker Cup title.

Noakes Group cements support of the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race
Yacht-racing legend Sean Langman has further cemented his long-standing support of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia by committing to a four-year naming-rights sponsorship of the Club's first race of the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore Series.

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How do you describe this thing called sailing?
If this is man's oldest challenge, then what are the adjectives you would use to explain the phenomenon to someone who did not even know what a sail is? How would you enthuse them, imbue them with vigour, and prevent the reflux action...

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