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 20 Jun 2011
 


"Any underlying fears that the America's Cup was off course should have been fully allayed after last week's tests over the proposed course area for the 34th Cup match in 2013." Bob Fisher.

First there were the sceptics who were concerned at the idea of the America's Cup being raced in multihulls. And then there were doubts about the venue (although with the defending Club, Golden Gate YC, in San Francisco, some thought that was what is known in literary circles as a "no brainer"). Add in the promised high-powered media coverage, and AC34 is shaping up to be really rather good - although a few more entries would be good...

Guy Nowell, Editor



Fisher's View: San Francisco is perfect for the America's Cup
Bob Fisher,
Any underlying fears that the America's Cup was off course should have been fully allayed after last week's tests over the proposed course area for the 34th Cup match in 2013. The two Oracle Racing AC-45s, skippered by Russell Coutts and Jimmy Spithill, showed the world that the venue is perfect and that Catamarans will provide all the excitement due from the Cup in the 21st Century.... [more]
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North Sails take 1, 2, 3 in two major Etchells regattas
Sail-World.com,
North Sails takes 1, 2, 3 in two major Etchells regattas on both sides of the Pacific.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race qualifier halfway mark for Groupama 4
Yann Riou,
The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 entrant Groupama 4 headed out to sea on the morning of Wednesday 15 June and are now in race mode. Yann Riou, the media man, has come to grips with the conditions and his computer to send some news and images from aboard the boat.... [more]
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Marine Industry – Job Opportunities - North Sails Australia Recruiting
North Sails Australia,
Buoyed by continuing growth North Sails Australia are looking to recruit staff... [more]
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Finn World Masters 2011 day five – Maier notches up more wins
Robert Deaves,
Finn World Masters 2011 defending champion Michael Maier (CZE) made it a clean sweep after winning both his final heats. The next three boats were all on 13 points, only split on count back, with Allen Burrell (GBR) taking the silver and Uli Breuer (GER) winning the bronze at his first Finn Masters.... [more]
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Portimão Portugal Match Cup 2011 WMRT halfway stage
World Match Racing Tour,
ISAF World Match Racing Tour returns to European waters next week for the Portimão Portugal Match Cup where eight of the current top ten teams in the World Championship race will be in contention.... [more]
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PWA Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 Preview
Vivienne Masters,
PWA Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 is now gearing up for explosive action from the world's finest freestyle and slalom sailors.... [more]
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Kieler Woche 2011 day one
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Kieler Woche 2011 started in full gear with three difficult races sailed in shifty and wet conditions in Kiel. Jonathan Lobert (FRA), scored a near perfect day with a fifth in the first race followed by two bullets in heavy showers... [more]
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Kieler-Woche 2011: Day 1 of final round of ISAF World Sailing Cup
ISAF,
Kieler-Woche 2011, the final stop of the ISAF Sailing World Cup is now underway in Kiel, Germany and with two bullets and a third place finish in the Men's RS:X and number six in the world, Przemyslaw Miarczynski of Poland has taken an early advantage on the opening day.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy 52 showdown
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy will potentially witness a Sunday showdown for the 52 Series after an emphatic coastal race victory by Udo Schuetz' Container which ensures they go into the one scheduled race of the circuit's second regatta of the season with a lead of just 1.5 points ahead of world champions Quantum Racing.... [more]
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Bonaire PWA World Cup 2011 - Thode and Offringa
PWA,
Bonaire PWA World Cup 2011 Event Summary - The picture perfect island of Bonaire delivered incredible conditions for the freestyle world cup, seeing Kiri Thode and Sarah-Quita Offringa triumphant after two eliminations.... [more]
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J's at Newport by Daniel Forster
Daniel Forster,
Top international photographer, Daniel Forster, was on hand at the J-class regatta at Newport Ri and shared these images from Day 1 and 2.... [more]
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Images of Newport: The J's on Day 2
George Bekris,
Top US photographer George Bekris is at the J class regatta in Newport, RI on Day 2 and provides this gallery of images of these spectacular classic yachts.... [more]
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America's Cup: New videos take Cup to the people
Oracle Racing & America's Cup Media,
Oracle Racing and America's Cup Media have posted three new videos focusing on the Media Events held last week in San Francisco, and clearly aimed outside the wider sailing audience... [more]
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Audi Melges 32 Sailing series day one
Justin Chisholm,
The Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series has witnessed three closely fought races sailed under clear blue skies on the first day. After an initial General Recall, Race one got underway at the second time of asking under a Z-Flag penalty. Race two got away cleanly first time in a slightly increased eight to nine knots of breeze.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy day three - Consistency the key
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy has seen three races, each with growing intensity take place on a course rich with littered traps of varying sizes on day three. It was a day when the processing power of each afterguard's brains was constantly loaded and when a keen eye on the big picture, scanning the horizon for developing gusts which might be several minutes away, was essential.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup 2011 - Impressive line up
KPMS,
Giraglia Rolex Cup 2011: There are 194 entrants for the offshore race; 20 countries and territories in attendance; around 2,200 competitors; numerous, challenging hours at sea; 18 hours 3 minutes 15 seconds the line honours record to beat; Esimit Europa 2 (SLO), the largest yacht on the roster at 30.5-metres/100-feet and the Vismara 34 Manida (ITA), one of the smallest.... [more]
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Bonaire PWA World Cup 2011 day five freestyle frenzy
PWA,
Bonaire PWA World Cup 2011 fifth and final day of competition erupted into a freestyle frenzy, as the sailors brought everything they had to the table in an attempt to progress through the double elimination.... [more]
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Paperwork hiccup overcome for Australian America's Cup Challenge
Jeraldine Kennedy, Sail-World.com,
A dramatic turn of events in the last few days when the list of challengers announced at a press conference in the host city of San Francisco included two teams from France plus representatives from China, Italy, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden and the United States but no Australian Team.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race China's Team Sanya skipper announced
Volvo Ocean Race and Sail-World,
China launched its first ever sole entry in the Volvo Ocean Race today and announced New Zealander Mike Sanderson as skipper. 'This is a fantastic opportunity to race under the flag of such a great country and culture,' said Sanderson today at the Team Sanya launch in central Beijing.... [more]
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Finn World Masters 2011 day four new leader
Robert Deaves,
Finn World Masters 2011 taking place in Punta Ala, Italy, saw lighter winds on day four with numerous new faces coming to the front of the fleet.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45's - Redefining the 'Dolly Ride'..
Kimball Livingstone,
San Francisco based sailing journalist, Kimball Livingstone is a passionate follower of things America's Cup. Seeing the AC45's sailing on San Francisco Bay is a small slice of heaven, and sailing on one is probably as good as it gets.. Here's Kimball's take on his Big Day Out. I have to tell it to you backwards. It went like this . . .... [more]
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America's Cup: Inside Wednesday's Media Conference
Michelle Slade,
San Francisco based sailing journalist, Michelle Slade, was at the Media Conference held in the San Francisco Ferry Building on Wednesday. It was too difficult for ACEA to put on a phone line for the international media to listen in to proceedings. Here's Michelle's take on the day:... [more]
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America's Cup: Aboard the AC45 - Still pinching myself..
Michelle Slade,
It was my turn to clamber aboard the 45, I got a quick introduction to the guys on Coutts 5 - Dirk 'Cheese' de Ridder, Matt Mason, Phillipe Presti, Simon Daubney and Jonno Macbeth - before being shown my spot behind the aft crossbeam. The only instruction: hold onto to the piece of yellow rubber hosing fixed on the crossbeam. And we shot off on a reach... [more]
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Sydney Yachts GTS 43 hits the water for Sydney International Boat Show
Daryl Sharpe,
The very first of the new, Ker designed, GTS 43's will be in the water by the end of June, 2011. This means you'll soon be able to go onboard and look over this most impressive new vessel, from a team renowned for its ability to build and deliver, strong, fast and reliable racing yachts.... [more]
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Images from Marseille: Audio MedCup - Day 2
Ian Roman,
Top international photographer, Ian Roman presents this gallery of images from Day2 of the Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy... [more]
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Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy day two rollercoaster
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy day two started off with light winds and no shortage of variety for the 52 fleet as the were able to sail on each of Marseille's main courses.... [more]
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Sailing World Cup 2011 titles on the line in Kiel
ISAF,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup 2011 titles will be decided in Kiel, Germany. The 2010-2011 series has already seen excellent competition as sailors prepare for the London 2012 Olympics to be held in Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain.... [more]
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Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Race entry Qingdao named
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race - Qingdao, one of ten internationally sponsored entries competing in the Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race, has taken one step closer to the race start with the naming of the yacht in a special ceremony at St Katharine Docks in London.... [more]
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