Over the weekend one of the most dramatic match races ever seen has taken place between two massive French trimarans, trying to break the Trans Atlantic record. Groupama 3 (Franck Cammas) has recovered from her capsize off New Zealand and is back in racing trim. She took on the longer Banque Populaire - which started two and a half hours behind, and caught up to be level pegging for most of the way.
Groupama 3 set one world 24 hour record, only to have Banque Populaire set a new one almost immediately on 907 nautical miles.
In this edition we feature regular reports from Groupama 3 plus don't forget to catch the YouTube video in this edition of Banque Populaire hoofing it across the Atlantic.
Onboard Maxi Banque Populaire V - North Atlantic Record attempt
Taiwan Strait - A Race or Rally? Predictably, an event going across the Taiwan Strait has given rise to plenty of comment, some of it is not suitable for publication here. More than one of our readers has pointed out that the recent first-ever Taiwan Strait 'Race' should more correctly be referred to as a rally. 'The participating boats were propelled by engine and escorted by coastguard all the way, so please don't call it a race!' said one Sail-World contributor. This is a subject that was always going to be fraught with political overtones, we have more commentary in our stories below.
No real news on the America's Cup scene, save for rumours that the America's Cup will be staged in United Arab Emirates. The official announcement will be made on 6 August, or very early Friday morning, Hong Kong time.
01 August Alinghi 5 Celebrations on Lake Geneva Alinghi 5 in the midlle of the celebrative boat parade from Lausanne to Geneva Guido Trombetta/Alinghi
No further news on whether BMW Oracle will Appeal last Friday's decision on the use of the engine, they have 30 days in which to do so. However it was pointed out to Sail-World by one Cup rules authority, that if one read the Deed of Gift carefully, it said that ONLY the Challenger had to be propelled by sails, and by omission the Defender could be propelled by a motor. However we don't think that will happen!
Extreme 40" Groupama 40" (FRA) skipper Tanguy Cariou (FRA)
This America's Cup is certainly headed into the Theater of the Absurd, with a Defending Club, landlocked and their home waters being a lake, sailing an America's Cup in United Arab Emirates, using multihulls, in a Deed of Gift Match, with the use of engines allowed!
Mark rounding action at the 2009 Int Contender Worlds
On the readership front, many Sail-World readers across Asia are unaware of the overall World wide audience that Sail-World has across all its racing and cruising sites in North America, Europe, the UK, New Zealand and Australia.
In the month of July 2009, there were 165,000 unique viewers, who read over two million pages and not that its important because its an old fashioned measurement tool, but we received over 31 million hits for the month. If you are not sure what that all means you need to read our Internet 101 commentary.
Karatsu’s unusual cool weather gave Sari Multala strong wind for her liking to win the Laser Radial Womens Worlds in Japan
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