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Franck Cammas and his nine crew onboard Groupama 3 have completed the Jules Verne Trophy, a circumnavigation of the globe, in 48 days 07 hours 44 minutes 52 seconds, beating the time held by Orange 2.

The Delta Lloyd Regatta is aiming for new heights, the ORC Sportsboat European Championship NOR is now available, the Audi MedCup Circuit is gearing up for the season and the Extreme Sailing Series Europe has announced new venues. News on the new Gitana, l'Hydroptère, ambassador of the flying sailing boats exhibition opens and Sodeb'o reveals her new look.

A lot happening internationally....

Don't miss Sail-World.com's exclusive series of interviews with winning BMW Oracle skipper James Spithill and Grant Simmer. The series provides new detail from the 33rd America's Cup, from both the BMW Oracle and Alinghi camps, and some suggestions on the likely direction for the 2013/2014 34th America's Cup.

Mascalzone Latino Audi Team and Azzurra have just competed at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Series, sailed in Auckland, New Zealand. On that subject Bob Fisher's views on the regatta are a must read.

The Clipper race fleet is heading to San Francisco in the midst of a storm and the World Match Racing Tour has profiled this year's entrants. We have great galleries of images from events all over the world for you to view.

We hope you enjoy this week's news..............


Sail-World.com Team



Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3's Day-to-day round the world
Groupama-Cammas,
Jules Verne Trophy - Day to day summary of Groupama 3's round the world record attempt. After her second failed attempt in November 2009 and a return to Lorient to reinforce Groupama 3's structure, the stand-by period was drawing to a close: a gap in the weather, albeit it narrow, was enough to inspire them to go for the record...... [more]
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$2000 appearance money for international Laser sailors competing in Oz
Trevor Griffiths,
With a well established Laser racing circuit and in the lead up to the ISAF Sailing World Championship in Perth with upcoming test events, the Australian Laser builder Performance SailCraft Australasia offer of $2000 in appearance money, will make the the appeal of trip down under even greater.... [more]
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Pacific storm hits Clipper 09-10 fleet
Zoe Williamson,
The Pacific Ocean is providing proof, if proof were needed, that you disrespect Mother Nature at your peril. The forecast deep low pressure system has reached the fleet and winds of more than 50 knots are producing some very challenging conditions for the teams, most of whom are sailing under bare poles - that is, with no sails - and are still making fast progress towards San Francisco.... [more]
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America's Cup 2010 - Spithill and Simmer on stage (audio) Part 3
Sail-World.com,
Why James Spithill did not fall off the boat... and can he get to sail a Moth? What role does the Luois Vuitton series have leading up to 2013/2014?... [more]
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Emirates Team New Zealand wins Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland
Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA Media,
Racing under the colours of the host Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Emirates Team New Zealand won the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland regatta Sunday. The Kiwi boat extended on every leg of the deciding five-mile race off Auckland's East Coast Bays against the Mascalzone Latino Audi team representing Club Nautico di Roma, which is the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Mascalzone Latino Audi Team is second place
Mascalzone Latino Audi Team,
Auckland has marked the onset of Mascalzone Latino Audi Team in the Louis Vuitton Trophy, which will see them as the host team in La Maddalena, May 22nd. The finals were reduced to a best of three series, due to the weather forecast of light, dying wind. Hence, Mascalzone Latino Audi Team had to win both races today on the home waters of the New Zealanders, who yesterday earned the first point.... [more]
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America's Cup 2010 - Spithill and Simmer on stage (audio) Part 2
Sail-World.com,
Simmer admits that Alinghi made some mistakes. Now the discussion gets detailed on all kinds of onboat systems and there is talk from Spithill about 2013 or 2014 and what kind of boats are going to be sailed. And could BMW Oracle do 50 knots..... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: All4One takes fifth overall and targets Semis
All4One Media,
The Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland just finished today with the victory of local team Emirates Team New Zealand over Italian team Mascalzone Latino. Even finishing fifth again as in Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice, ALL4ONE has sailed a much stronger regatta. Unfortunately, we missed our chances to proceed into the semi finals. This will be our goal for the next Louis Vuitton Trophy in La Maddalena.... [more]
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America's Cup 2010 - Spithill and Simmer on stage (audio) Part 1
Sail-World.com,
Grant Simmer, Managing Director and Design Coordinator of Alinghi and James Spithill, Helmsman of BMW Oracle and winner of the 33rd America's Cup at their home club, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney, with Rob Brown from the 1984 Austraia II Campaign - Part I... [more]
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America's Cup: 'Where to from here?' Grant Dalton on Emirates Team NZ
Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com,
Emirates Team New Zealand's Grant Dalton talks to Sail-World's New Zealand Editor, Richard Gladwell on what lies ahead for the team heading into the 34th America's Cup. Includes some thought on the preferred boat, timing and signing up a team and more....... [more]
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Groupama slashes 2 days 8 hours off Round the World Record
Groupama 3 Media,
The Jules Verne Trophy now belongs to ten men who have sailed around the globe at an average of 18.76 knots along the optimum course, beating the reference time set by Orange 2 in 2005 by 2 days 08 hours 35 minutes. Franck Cammas and his men crossed the finish line off the Créac'h lighthouse at Ushant (Finistère) at 21h40'45' UTC Saturday 20th March. They are due to make the Port du Château in Bre... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Mascalzone Latino first point for ETNZ
Mascalzone Latino Audi Team,
The first race of the finals between Mascalzone Latino Audi Team and host team ETNZ took place along the Auckland waterfront in the Waitemata Harbour. It was a hard-fought race, which saw the kiwis dominate in the start and most of the upwind leg. The crew of Mascalzone Latino Audi Team sailed a perfect upwind leg, recovering the distance at the first mark and going on to roll the New Zealanders... [more]
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America's Cup 2010 - Oracle and Alinghi face off, one last time
Simon Reffold, for Sail-World.com,
And the result was, frankly, surprising. Perhaps, after all the shenanigans, legal wrangling, posturing and vitriol of the past two and bit years, perhaps, sailing is going in a truly positive direction. Here's why.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Semi-finals conclude for Artemis Racing
Paul Cayard,
Paul Cayard reflects on the Louis Vuitton Trophy series which ended for Artemis Racing, today: It was a long day of waiting for us today and finally we raced Azzurra to decide third and fourth place. The race was over just as it started. The jury decided we fouled Azzurra on the entry and penalized us. From there we hung close waiting for an opportunity to pass... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland - Home team one up in Finals
Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland. Racing started in the approaches to the Rangitoto Channel off Auckland's East Coast beaches in the early afternoon, after a long wait for an uncertain sou-west breeze to fill-in and settle. The shifty breeze was moderate all day, ranging between 10 and 14 knots.... [more]
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2010 World Match Racing Tour profiles the nine Tour Card Holders
Yvonne Reid / ISAF,
With the 2010 Tour Card Holders having recently been announced, each of the teams are gearing up for the tough 10 event challenge against the world's top match racing talent. Find out more about the world's top match racers as they prepare for the start of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour season in Marseille next month.... [more]
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Emirates Team New Zealand come out firing in Louis Vuitton Trophy
Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com,
Emirates Team New Zealand put away their indifferent form of yesterday, and have taken the semi-final sailed just after noon today. After allowing Azzurra to take a small lead soon after the start, the Kiwis soon put their stamp on the match, taking a small lead which they defended down the first run. On the second beat, sailing in a 10-12 knot offshore breeze, they built their comfort zone, and... [more]
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Fisher's View: One second to first
Bob Fisher,
The tension was massive from the moment the two boats entered the starting area – it was all on for Dean Barker and the Emirates Team New Zealand crew. They were one down in the best-of-three semi-final, clinging on to their hopes of repeating their success a little over a year ago when they beat Alinghi in the final of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Cup. The pressure was on the local team... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Images from today's racing featuring Artemis
Sander van der Borch images,
Photographer Sander van der Borch presents this gallery of images from Artemis and Mascalzone Latino Audi Team racing today at the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Auckland.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Heart stopping finish earns ETNZ another life
Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA,
Louis Vuitton Trophy - Emirates Team New Zealand came within one second of elimination from the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland regatta today. For its last two races, Artemis carried a distinguished 18th man. John Bertrand, the Aussie skipper who in 1983 lifted the America's Cup from the clutches of the New York Yacht Club, rode on the stern of the Swedish boat.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup's Dutch stop aiming high for 2010
Diana Bogaards and ISAF,
In 2010, the organization of the Delta Lloyd Regatta, part of the ISAF World Cup Series, aims to boost its quality. 'In the last 25 years, we were well-known for our progressive ideas and the implementation of it. Now, we think it is time to work on the improvement of quality in general', says organizer Arjen Rahusen (NED) from Amsterdam based Trefpunt Sports & Entertainment.... [more]
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Zwitserleven Sailing Week continues High Performance Formula
Diana Bogaards,
In 2010, the Zwitserleven Sailing Week continues last year's high performance formula. On Monday 14 June the Zwitserleven Sailing Week starts with the Nacra International Championships and the Grand Prix Slalom for windsurfers (sanctioned by the International Funboard Class Association).... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Semi Finals produce surprises and tight racing
Richard Gladwell,
With two races complete in the Semi-Finals of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, there has been plenty of action on the water and a few surprises.... [more]
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2010 ORC Sportboat European Championship Notice of Race
Offshore Racing Congress,
The St. Petersburg Sailing Union (SPSU), the Russian Offshore Race Association and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are pleased to announce the 2010 ORC Sportboat European Championship has published its Notice of Race and is ready to accept entries. The event will be held over 3-10 July 2010 in St. Petersburg, with six days of racing scheduled over 5-10 July... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Cape Breton Island consolidates
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. Cape Breton Island has consolidated her lead and is making gains on the chasing pack and is extending her lead. Team Finland is making good progress towards southern tip of Japan and the Pacific Ocean.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race 2011-12: Hannah Jenner first female skipper to enter
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) can announce that entry 14 – and the first female skipper – has signed up to compete in the double-handed circumnavigation for Class40's. Hannah Jenner has already logged around 130,000 miles of sailing which including a circumnavigation as skipper of fully-crewed Glasgow: Scotland with Style in the Clipper 07-09 Round The World Race... [more]
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2010 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds heading for Caribbean waters
KPMS,
When the Farr 40s arrive in the Dominican Republic later next month, April 21-24, all eyes will be on the defending World Champion, Jim Richardson's Barking Mad (USA).... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Hainan Province, China stopover announced
Volvo Ocean Race,
Sanya, the southernmost city on the golden coast of Hainan Province, China, has won the bid to host the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. The port of Sanya is now confirmed as the only stopover in Asia. Other ports on the course include the start in Alicante, where the Volvo Ocean Race now has its base, stopovers in Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Lisbon, Lorient and the finish in Galway.... [more]
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TeamOrigin falls to Artemis and drops out of Louis Vuitton Trophy
Leslie Greenhalgh,
Day 10 of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland regatta was crunch time for two more of the eight teams. The second Elimination Round would normally see the two pairs that had advanced from yesterday race best of three series, with the teams that won two races advancing to the semi finals on Saturday.... [more]
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Brits have a new goal after early shower in Louis Vuitton Trophy
Louis Vuitton Media,
It's not exactly all over for TEAMORIGIN on Auckland waters, now they're out of contention for the Louis Vuitton Trophy. Tomorrow, they head back out on the harbour to sail their shiny new Transpac 52 yacht, for the start of another phase in their campaign. Mike Sanderson, managing director of TEAMORIGIN and on runners in the race crew, said the team were 'utterly disappointed' to be eliminated be... [more]
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Fisher's View: Probably the best race so far . . .
Bob Fisher,
With the threat of elimination, TeamOrigin and Artemis pulled out the most exciting race of the regatta. The advantage swung between the boats, first to the British and then to the Swedish team. Wind shifts and variable current added to the strategies while match racing tactics were seen in profusion, particularly on the first lap.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: TeamOrigin makes early exit
Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com,
Artemis dispatched TeamOrigin from the Louis Vuitton Trophy in the sudden death elimination race sailed on the Waitemata this afternoon. The reality is that was a match that the British team should not have lost, and managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory just short of rounding the windward mark for the second time.... [more]
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Gitana 11 in at the deep end - Objective Route du Rhum
Kate Jennings - Expression,
Four months to the day since going into her base in St Philibert, Brittany, for her winter refit, the maxi-trimaran Gitana 11 was relaunched late afternoon this Wednesday 17th March. On shore, when Gitana 11 is being refitted, Yann Guichard entrusts the technical responsibility for the maxi-trimaran to William Fabulet.... [more]
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A100 Majan surviving 70 Knots in the Southern Ocean
OC Events,
Oman Sail's A100 trimaran ‘Majan' has been battling hurricane force winds in the Southern Ocean on leg 3 of the Indian Ocean 5 Capes Race en route to the next stop over in Fremantle, Australia. From Mark Covell on board ‘Majan': It's been a long couple of days. As I woke the first day of this storm Paul, Mohammed and Mike were on watch. The sky was grey with driving rain that stung your face. The... [more]
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Marseille presents the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit
Audi MedCup Circuit,
In June the Audi MedCup Circuit will return for the third successive season to race on Marseille's renowned Rade race area. The cosmopolitan Marseille venue remains one of the most popular on the world's leading regatta circuit.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Europe 2010 debuts in Sète, France
OC Events,
Sète on the South Coast of France is the opening venue of the Extreme Sailing Series Europe 2010 from 27-30 May. Sète has a history of hosting top international sailing teams: the city played host to Alinghi and Victory Challenge in 2002 prior to their departure for Auckland, New Zealand and French Kiss in 1986 before the America's Cup in Fremantle, Australia.... [more]
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Exhibition - l'Hydroptère, ambassador of the flying sailing boats
l'Hydroptère,
l'Hydroptère. The dream is not new. Make a boat fly over the seas is a target that many sailors would have loved to achieve. l'Hydroptère is obviously not the only craft to be able to free herself from Archimedes thrust. Other pioneers before Alain Thébault built prototypes capable of 'flying' over the sea.... [more]
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Sodeb'O revealing a new look
Kate Jennings - Expression,
A month from the completion of a long and important refit which has already stretched over four months, the maxi trimaran Sodeb'O is beginning to reveal her new look.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: First three through scoring gate
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race. Three of the teams have even more to celebrate having picked up Scoring Gate points. Cape Breton Island took the maximum three points followed by Jamaica Lightning Bolt scoring two for crossing in second place and Uniquely Singapore claiming a point for third.... [more]
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ISAF Sailor Classification Code reminder - Group 2 to be eliminated
ISAF,
ISAF would like to remind events, classes and sailors using the ISAF Sailor Classification Code, that the Code is changing and starting from 1 April 2010, the category of Group 2 sailors will be eliminated.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race 2010 - Anna Corbella and Dee Caffari team up
Jo Uffendell,
Anna Corbella from Spain and Dee Caffari from Great Britain team up with GAES Solidaria to be the first all female crew to enter the double-handed Barcelona World Race 2010 Following the company's successful experience with the sponsorship of Anna Corbella in the Transat 6.50 2009, GAES takes a step further into the world of ocean racing sponsorship.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Christophe Favreau's view of Day 8
Christophe Favreau,
Christophe Favreau was on the water for Day 9 of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, and presents this gallery of images.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: A seriously cool slide show - Artemis Racing
Sander van der Borch /Artemis,
Sander van der Borch, assigned to Artemis Racing presents a magnificent slide show of race images and backdrops from the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Elimination time! Down to six teams
Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland. Auckland's harbour lived up to its name today. Waitemata means 'sparkling waters' and whitecaps dappled the course in mostly bright sunshine and gusty, shifty southerly winds that ranged from 15 knots to 30 knots. Top seed Emirates Team New Zealand and second-ranked Mascalzone Latino Audi from Italy each won their races and went through to the semi-finals to be saile... [more]
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Voiles de Saint Barth launch just a few weeks away
Mer & Média Agency (France),
With just a few weeks to go to the launch of the Voiles de Saint Barth, the latest date on the Caribbean racing calendar, all of the island's authorities are getting ready to host a long week of racing out on the water and a lot of celebrations ashore from sixth to 11th April.... [more]
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5th Commodores Forum - Insights into hosting commercial sailing events
Cailah Leask,
Yacht club operators across the world congregated at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Perth, Western Australia, to hold their fifth Commodores Forum to meet and share their experience and views.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Team Finland leaves Qindgao for San Francisco
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10: Team Finland has left the Olympic Sailing Centre in Qingdao and has begun her race to San Francisco where she will join the rest of the Clipper 09-10 fleet. At 0900 GMT the leading yacht, Cape Breton Island, had approximately 50 miles to run to the Scoring Gate, with Jamaica Lightning Bolt and Uniquely Singapore in hot pursuit.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Artemis images from Sander van der Borch
Sander van der Borch images,
Photographer Sander van der Borch presents these images from Artemis Racing on Day 7 of the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Auckland. In the first race Artemis almost lost mastman David Brooke over the side when the jib sheet got caught underneath his legs. See Sander's sequence below.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Close...too close for comfort.
Bob Fisher,
Contacts, loss of control, shouting, more shouting and more flags than you see at a Coronation. That was some helluva race – the one between Artemis and TeamOrigin. It had promised to be a cracker and lived up to the promise, because there was so much at stake. An early error saw TeamOrigin penalised and a split tack start gave Artemis the right hand side... [more]
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Abersoch To Host 2010 Dragon Northern Championship
British Dragon Association,
The British Dragon Association is delighted to announce it will hold its 2010 Northern Championship, supported by Aberdeen Asset Management, in Abersoch. Should the weather conditions be hostile to Dragons moored in front of the club, the now well-established Pwllheli marina provides a totally secure bolthole with all the appropriate marine services available should the weather deteriorate, whils... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - New Cork skipper revealed
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race. Hannah Jenner will celebrate her 30th birthday as she races into Kinsale as the skipper of the Cork, Ireland, entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ on top after Qualifying Round
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand has finished top qualifier in the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland regatta with a six win, one loss record in the round robin. In today's final race in the round robin, Emirates Team New Zealand beat Synergy by a minute. The race committee's mission on Tuesday was to get seven races away to catch up on the three lost yesterday because of the wind.... [more]
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Ultimate Ride Team to Jet-ski from London to Auckland
Angela Jones,
Adventurer, pilot and author, Jeremy Burfoot, is set to lead a group of New Zealanders in an attempt to break the world personal watercraft record by riding from London to Sydney to Auckland. The 32,000 km epic journey, The Ultimate Ride, sets off from London in August to boost awareness of healthy living, cancer prevention and to raise funds for cancer research.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Green light for Groupama 3
Groupama-Cammas,
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 is powering back into contention in relation to her virtual rival Orange 2. The Doldrums was virtually non-existent last night, though Franck Cammas had been rather wary of approaching the zone at dusk. There will nevertheless be a ridge of high pressure to negotiate from Tuesday evening, before joining up with a low which will bring with it SW'ly breezes...... [more]
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Abu Dhabi marks Middle East Volvo Ocean Race Debut
Volvo Ocean Race,
An agreement signed in the United Arab Emirates capital, Abu Dhabi, today will see the Arabian Gulf's emerging marine leisure hub become a host port for the 2010-12 race.... [more]
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America's Cup: New, stunning, video posted of Race 1 start
Richard Gladwell,
At the Auckland International Boat Show, Sail-World ran all the video we had of the 33rd America's Cup. One 20 minute section of the start of Race 1 was guaranteed to stop the crowds and pack them around the big screen. Having been on the water, and later seen the broadcast, we don't believe that the broadcast did justice to that opening stanza of the 33rd America's Cup. However Sailing Anarchy... [more]
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