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The biggest Wing in the world, so the BOR 90 must now be Wingzilla, news from Groupama - still ahead of record, Transat Jacque Vabre... lots more news from Europe and the World.



Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 in transition phase
Cammas-Groupama 3,
Jules Verne Trophy - After eight days at sea, Groupama 3 is currently in a transition phase. Getting around the Saint Helena High is always a key moment during the Jules Verne Trophy as it's not easy to know, just a matter of hours away, how the gusts of hot Brazilian air will transform into a stormy depression system and head off towards South Africa.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Asia - Six top teams entered
OC Events,
Extreme Sailing Series Asia. Twenty four of the World's top professional sailors will converge on Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong next week for the first round of the new Extreme Sailing Series Asia.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Davies reports more damage on Artemis
Tim Kelly,
Transat Jacques Vabre - Sam Davies onboard Artemis Ocean Racing this morning reported further damage. None of the damage is terminal but the loss of the mainsail batten will compromise their race performance, however in a call at 1700 GMT today, Sam confirmed that after much consideration there is no plan to stop for repairs, but instead to press on in the best direct route to the finish.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Images from Ingrid Abery
Sail-World.com and Ingrid Abery images,
Louis Vuitton Trophy images presented by top yachting photographer Ingrid Abery. www.ingridabery.com At the end of the first round, Emirates Team New Zealand finished in first place winning 6-1. The Italian Team Azzurra finished the round on the same win-loss ratio.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Azzurra and Emirates Team New Zealand top round
Azzurra Team media,
Louis Vuitton Trophy - Azzurra conclude Round Robin 1 in second place, on equal points with the mighty Emirates Team New Zealand after defeating TeamOrigin.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - BT activates distress beacon, rescued + video
BT Team Ellen,
Transat Jacques Vabre - BT activates distress beacon - rescue operation is now complete. The rescue operation was immediately kickstarted by the MRCC (Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre), in conjunction with the BT technical team and the Transat Jacques Vabre Race Direction - read on........ [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Black Friday significant for the America's Cup
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup re-enters the rarefied air of the New York Supreme Court today, Black Friday, with a further filing deadline on matters being dealt with by Justice Shirley Kornreich. These are replies, or responses to replies, on matters already before the two levels of the New York State judicial system.... [more]
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ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy awarded to Bill Bentsen
ISAF,
The presentation of the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy was made at the end of the first day of meetings for the Council of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). Bill Bentsen exemplifies the idea of sailing as a lifetime's sport. As a competitor, he won two Olympic medals: bronze at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games in the Flying Dutchman followed by gold six years later in Kiel as crew for Buddy Melge... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía MAPFRE presented at Barcelona Boat Show
Neus Jordi,
The 41st Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía MAPFRE has been presented at the Barcelona International Boat Show. To be held over Easter in Majorca is the only Spanish event included in the circuit. It will be the third event of the World Cup and will open the regatta season in Europe.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre fleet in survival mode
Transat Jacques Vabre media,
Transat Jacques Vabre fleet - Conditions on deck are close to impossible and below decks the duos try to stop themselves from being flung around the inside of their boats like pinballs.... [more]
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Brad Butterworth reflects on latest America's Cup developments
www.stuff.co.nz,
Alinghi skipper Brad Butterworth has welcomed the news that next February's America's Cup will be raced in Valencia, but cautions that there are still some rocky legal seas to negotiate. Butterworth, in Wellington as a guest of the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, said he was delighted his team had accepted the Spanish city as the venue... [more]
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America's Cup: First glitch with BOR'90's wingmast +video
Peter Rusch,
Peter Rusch writes on the wingmast incident today during testing on BOR90, the US Challenger for the 33rd America's Cup: Day three of testing got off to a good start today 'We had a good session going,' said bowman Brad Webb (NZL). 'Then as we went through a tack, we noticed that the second and third flap had come disconnected so we went head to wind and put a tow line on so I could go up and tak... [more]
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Solidaire du Chocolat - Leaders closing on the finish line
Solidaire du Chocolat,
Solidaire du Chocolat - The first boats in the Solidaire du Chocolat should be arriving within 36 hours or so. Everything in the marina is ready. The Mexican hosts have prepared the marina for the arrival of the boats and the public.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Azzurra has a positive day
Azzurra media,
Italian team Azzurra has had another positive day in the Louis Vuitton Trophy with a fifth victory out of six match races sailed. 'We really had to work hard for this victory' admitted helmsman Francesco Bruni.... [more]
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ISAF President sets out the challenges ahead
ISAF,
ISAF President Göran Petersson delivered his President's Report during the first day of meetings for the Council of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) held in Busan, Korea today at the ISAF Annual Conference. The first recommendation the President referred to was athletes' representation with full voting rights in the decision-making bodies of the Olympic Movement.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 maintains speed and the lead + video
Cammas-Groupama 3,
Jules Verne Trophy - The skipper of Groupama 3 explained the situation through which they have been navigating since crossing the equator in five days fifteen hours. Groupama 3 is positioned around 200 miles further West than the Jules Verne Trophy holder - Orange 2.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice - Artemis defeats TeamOrigin
Paul Cayard,
Latest news from Paul Cayard on Artemis, from the Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice. Once the wind shifted to the southwest, one flight was held. In the first match, Synergy did a nice job to win the start over French Spirit leading from the start.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur reaches critical stage
Louis Vuitton Trophy media,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur - Tomorrow's matches will determine placings for first round. Emirates Team New Zealand, Azzurra and Artemis each won their lone match of the day, which was shortened to two flights as light winds in the afternoon turned the Baie des Anges off Nice into a virtual mill pond.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World race - Cork takes victory
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Cork, Ireland, has arrived in Cape Town after taking victory in Race 3, the South Atlantic leg, of the race. The Irish team, led by skipper Richie Fearon, has led the race for the last six days, working themselves into an unassailable position to claim their first win of the 35,000-mile challenge of a lifetime.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre: Golding has no instruments, auto pilot problems
RivaCom,
Transat Jacques Vabre - a progressive let up in the conditions presented opportunities to gain some respite but also to press on hard, keeping on top of the changeable breezes, as the seas drop slightly. Through the demanding weather conditions Mike Golding has been sailing with no instrumentation and still continues to have pilot problems, presently running the emergency back-up autopilot system.... [more]
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Asian Match Racing Championship - Robertson takes keys to Tour door
Rob Kothe,
In a thrilling series, New Zealand's Phil Robertson and his WAKA Racing Team beat Australian Michael Dunstan and his SLAM Racing Team, to win the Asian Match Racing Championship. As a result Robertson will be sailing in the final round of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon Cup to be held in Terengganu, Malaysia from December 1st to 6th 2009.... [more]
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l'Hydroptere smashes World speed record over one nautical mile
l'Hydroptere media,
l'Hydroptere's record campaign in the Mediterranean ended in great style last Sunday as Alain Thebault and his ten crew smashed the record over one nautical mile, exceeding 50 knots.... [more]
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Images of San Diego: BOR90/USA in vertical
Gilles Martin-Raget,
It is fairly hard to grasp the size and spectacle of the US America's Cup Challenger BOR90/USA with her 200ft wingsail, and at the same time appreciate her engineering in close up. In this second gallery of vertical images we show BOR90/USA from mast tip to keel.... [more]
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Images of San Diego: Hull flying with the wingsail- Day 2 plus Video
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Gilles Martin-Raget presents an image gallery of the US America's Cup Challenger BOR90/USA in action off San Diego, using her wingsail for the second day. This time she ventured out into the ocean off Pt Loma, still in light winds. Catch the video of the 110ft yacht and 200ft wingmast in full flight.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Equation equals North or South?
RivaCom,
Transat Jacques Vabre - The equation under scrutiny now is whether to endure much tougher, windier conditions for a short period in the north to get to the preferred wind shift first, or to stay – more prudently – south and profit that way.... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR 2010 online registration available from Friday
Marni Lane,
2010 Rolex Miami OCR online registration opens Friday, November 13 at the event web site, RMOCR.ussailing.org.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur - First win to Synergy
Louis Vuitton Trophy media,
Louis Vuitton Trophy - There is little change on leaderboard as the top three keep pace. It was the Synergy team of Russia that made the day's headline after their win. Synergy, led by Polish skipper Karol Jablonski, scored an historic triumph by beating the French/German team All4One.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 over the Equator + video
Cammas-Groupama,
Jules Verne Trophy. Groupama 3 has crossed the equator, and Franck Cammas and his nine crew are making headway at an average speed of twenty knots. And if all goes to plan, at the latitude of Recife (Brazil), scheduled for this Wednesday evening, the wind is set to shift round to the E, which will enable the trimaran to make headway beam onto the wind and set the speedo reeling at an average of ov... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Azzurra takes a double win
Azzurra Press Office,
Azzurra may be one of the newer teams competing in the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Nice but she is certainly proving to be one to watch. Azzurra is currently sitting third in the provisional rankings behind the unbeaten Emirates Team New Zealand and Team Origin (GBR) and ahead of BMW Oracle Racing.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - BT toughing it out at the top
BT Team media,
Transat Jacques Vabre - It's a battlefield inside', explained Jean-François Cuzon before the connection was cut off. BT is doing around ten knots, under very reduced sails since Sébastien and Jean-François opted for the minimal 3 reefs - storm jib combination, making good progress considering the horrendous conditions. Spirits on board are certainly high as both men seem happy to stand by their ch... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Speeding to Cape Town
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - 'Team Finland is out of stealth and in good shape,' says skipper Eero Lehtinen. 'We have overtaken Hull & Humber and Uniquely Singapore. With less than five nautical miles separating Uniquely Singapore and Team Finland the Asian team has been frustrated that their closest competitor has been able to keep such a close eye on them.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - The worst is yet to come
RivaCom,
Transat Jacques Vabre fleet overnight conditions have been simply unpleasant. Seb Josse and Jeff Curzon maintain their small leading margin with the group who have chosen to stay further north in the IMOCA Open 60 fleet.... [more]
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BMW Oracle Racing - the Wing Sings
Peter Rusch,
BMW Oracle Racing's Blogmeister, Peter Rusch covers today's events in San Diego starting with the roll-out of the wingmast: 'If there was a regret about today's events for the BMW ORACLE Racing team, it came from knowing that a good chunk of the squad was scattered in Valencia, Nice and Anacortes and couldn't be here in San Diego, in person, to see the team reach this incredible milestone... [more]
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Video: BOR90 - raising the wingmast + would it fly a plane?
sandiegolifestyle.com + astridindubai.com,
Previewing today's first sail of BMW Oracle Racing's new wingsailed America's Cup Challenger, a couple of video s from YouTube look at the raising of the wingmast, and also how the wingsail compares to a large aeroplane wing.... [more]
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2009 EuroCup Championship to Schmidt and Boehme
29er Class,
xx... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Azzurra two up and one down
Azzurra Press Office,
Louis Vuitton Trophy - Azzurra (ITA) now has two victories under her belt after beating Artemis (SWE), with Paul Cayard and Terry Hutchinson aboard, in the fourth race of the day.... [more]
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Images from San Diego: BMW Oracle Racing flies with wingsail +video!
Giles Martin-Raget,
Images just in from Giles Martin-Raget of BMW Oracle Racing's first sail using the wingsail on the America's Cup Challenger, BOR90. The rig was rolled out of the shed, hoisted while on a mooring, and then test sailed in San Diego bay for several hours this afternoon.... [more]
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America's Cup challenger's sails with wingsail - Live coverage
Fox 5 San Diego,
BMW Oracle's America's Cup Challenger has been sailing on San Diego Bay. You can watch all the action via the Fox 5 live webcam of this spectacular event... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 holding in the Doldrums
Cammas-Groupama 3 media,
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 finally hit the zone around 0400 hours this Tuesday. At the time there was still a little crescent of a moon to light up a seascape in the throes of a major reshuffle. 'There's not too much cloud in the sky: we weren't able to take a shower, but the crew is on deck in boxers! There's an intense tropical heat here... We've changed season.'... [more]
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America's Cup challenger's giant wingsail raised for the first time
Sail-World sources,
The giant wing sail on the Golden Gate Yacht Club's team BMW Oracle Racing's America's Cup Challenger, BOR90/USA was raised for the first time off San Diego today. Currently the crew are doing final fitting out and pre-flight checks before going in the first test sail.... [more]
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America's Cup Challenger rolls out wingsail in San Diego
Gilles Martin-Raget,
BMW Oracle Racing have rolled out the wingsail for their America's Cup multihull, BOR90/USA, prior to it fitting onto the platform for the first time later today. Gilles Martin-Raget presents this gallery of images from the occasion... [more]
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Golden Gate YC pleased over America's Cup venue confirmation
Sail-World,
Golden Gate Yacht Club have responded with a terse, short statement in response to the announcement that valencia will now be the venue for the 33rd America's Cup, to be sailed on the dates originally prescribed by Justice Herman Cahn.... [more]
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Grael and Tunnicliffe named 2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year
ISAF Media,
ISAF and Rolex are proud to announce that the male and female winners of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2009 are Torben Grael (BRA) and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA). Torben Grael (BRA) received his award tonight, and in his winning speech said, 'It's an honour to be here. It's not the first time I've attended this award ceremony, but it's truly a different feeling to stand here,'... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Cote d'Azur - Close matches highlight Day 4
Louis Vuitton Media,
Seasonal conditions returned today to the Bay of Angels off Nice and allowed race organisers for the Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur to reel off four flights of races, eight matches overall. Seven of the eight matches have an average delta of 31 seconds. The flurry of races has helped give shape to the event scoreboard. Emirates Team New Zealand won its lone match of the day and remains the... [more]
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Alinghi confirms 33rd America's Cup for Valencia in February 2010
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
In a letter written today to New York Supreme Court Justice Kornreich following the unsuccessful discussions with the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC), the America's Cup Defender, Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), has confirmed that it will conduct a Deed of Gift Match with GGYC in February 2010 in Valencia... [more]
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