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All over bar the shouting, eh? There are two court hearings left over from AC33 ('Breach of Fiduciary Duty' and 'Constructed in Country'), and there's the small matter of the SNG Assistant Race Officers retiring below at the start of the second AC race last month. Apparently RO Harold Bennett filed his official report to ISAF, so the shouting sure ain't over yet.

Meanwhile, enjoy the news from New Zealand (Omega Auckland Match Race), France (L'Hydroptere), the South Atlantic (Groupama), China (Clipper re-start), Hong Kong (Asian Sportboats Champs) and more...

Guy Nowell, Editor



America's Cup - Did Race 2 happen in the 33rd series - Maybe not????
Sail-World.com,
An amazing defence from Fred Meyer of the SNG, explaining the Committee Boat Mutiny. We challenge you NOT to drop your jaw!! Read the Open letter from Société Nautique de Genève vice commodore Fred Meyer 25 February 2010... [more]
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Omega Auckland Match Race - Team Origin continue on their winning way
Warren Douglas,
Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie and his Team Origin crew continued to dominate the Omega Auckland Match Racing Regatta today. Despite his fairly untroubled progress through to the semi-finals, Ainslie said there were no easy wins. 'This is probably the toughest group of match racers I have ever sailed against in a single regatta,' he said.... [more]
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Bahraini Olympian Sami Al Kooheji in 2010 GCC International Cup
Gulf Daily News,
Ten of Bahrain's finest sailors will spearhead the national sailing team in Abu Dhabi in the 2010 GCC International Cup starting today. Bahrain's Olympian sailor Sami Al Kooheji, competing in the Laser Standard class, will lead Bahrain's hopes as he makes his second appearance... [more]
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Indian Ocean 5 Capes Race: Sidney Gavignet joins Majan
OC Events,
Sidney Gavignet will be joining Majan's crew in Cape Town and will sail onboard the new A100 for the final three stages of the Indian Ocean 5 Capes Race. A very experienced offshore sailor, Sidney has just been announced as the skipper of Majan for the next edition of the solo Route du Rhum, starting from Saint-Malo in France this November.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 has one ocean left to devour
Cammas-Groupama,
Jules Verne Trophy. Groupama 3, on rounding Cape Horn at 1830 UTC this Thursday 4th March, has retained a lead of 175 miles over the Orange 2 reference time. However, there is still 7,000 miles to go before they reach the finish line off Ushant: Bruno Peyron and his crew took over eighteen days to climb up the Atlantic.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 09-10 - Conditions keep crews busy
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 09-10 - Race 7 Qingdao to San Francisco Day. Changing winds, commercial shipping and fishing fleets are keeping the crews busy. Cape Breton Island's crew must be able to see Spirit of Australia off their starboard quarter - at the 0900 position update just one mile separates them.... [more]
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Hydroptère project - Two new boats and around the World
Hydroptère project,
The Hydroptère project is not limited to the performance of the 60-feet trimaran which has beaten two world speed records at an average speed of over 50 knots in 2009 in the Mediterranean.... [more]
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America's Cup legal action continues after the Match - Updated
Richard Gladwell,
Two legal actions initiated before the start of the 33rd America's Cup are still ongoing, despite the winning of the trophy by BMW Oracle Racing in mid-February. The Breach of Fiduciary Duty action leveled at the Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve, and Alinghi team boss, Ernesto Bertarelli is due to have a response to the action lodged by the Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club by 8 March.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Lorient, France added as stopover
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. France returns to host the Volvo Ocean Race with the confirmation today of Lorient, in Brittany on the northwest coast of France, as the penultimate stopover. The announcement of Lorient follows that of start port Alicante, and Cape Town and Lisbon as host ports. Lisbon in Portugal will be the start port of the leg to Lorient, approximately 700 nautical miles.... [more]
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Brits on top after Day 1 of Omega Cup matchracing in Auckland
Warren Douglas,
Extremely close racing, spectacular luffing duels, tight finishes, penalties and collisions were all on the menu. 'The level is very high,' commented America's Cup veteran Pace. 'Everybody can beat everybody else.' This regatta has pitched young rising stars Adam Minoprio of New Zealand and Torvar Mirsky of Australia against a fleet of more seasoned America's Cup campaigners.... [more]
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Coming up: Hong Kong's Gold Coast Boat Show 2010
Gold Coast Boat Show,
More than 40 exhibitors, from Italy, UK, USA, Australia, Poland, Taiwan, and locally. The event features some of the world's most prestigious boat brands including Azimut, Horizon, Sunseeker, Princess, Beneteau, Lagoon, SeaRay, Ferretti, Fairline, Jade Yacht, Pershing, Meridian, Gulf Craft, Atlantis, Chantier Jeanneau Sa, Centurion, Crownline, Riviera, Sea Doo, Aquitalia... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Spectacular send off from Qingdao
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10. Following their hero's welcome and an unforgettable stopover in the Shandong provincial city of Qingdao, China, the teams competing in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race were treated to a spectacular send off for Race 7 of the 35,000-mile global challenge to San Francisco... [more]
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Photo editing – life has become a Picnik
MarineBusiness-World.com,
In this digital world, we find there are lots of people who just don't have a handle on cropping and editing images. We cut our teeth on the 1990's industry classic graphic software Photoshop, so we've tended to say to everyone - well that is what you need. The problem is it is an expensive piece of software and it's really not easy to use. Now there is a free online solution. It's called P... [more]
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Top international yachting correspondent injured in Auckland
Richard Gladwell,
One of the world's leading yachting correspondents was injured in a car accident in Auckland today. Stuart Alexander (65), yachting correspondent for the UK daily, The Independent, who is in Auckland for the Omega Cup and Louis Vuitton Trophy, was injured when a SUV backed over him, while he was crossing a street in Auckland's downtown area, just after midday.... [more]
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Asian Sports Boat Championships 2010, 15-19 November at RHKYC
Peter Backe, HK Sportsboats Association,
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club will host the Asian Sports Boat Championships, 15-19 November 2010, in Hong Kong. The last championships, held in 2007, was huge fun and highly competitive with many World European and Asian champions in attendance, not forgetting some Volvo Ocean Race skippers. The level of competition was intense in a perfect 20 knots of breeze... [more]
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Lisbon, Portugal next stopover announced in Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
After a fierce bidding process, Lisbon has been chosen as the first of the European ports for the Volvo Ocean Race, starting from Alicante in the autumn of 2011. Lisbon, located in the west of Portugal, at the point where the river Tagus flows into the Atlantic Ocean, will be the finish of the transatlantic leg of the race during the summer of 2012. It will be the first time that this histori... [more]
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