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USA win 33rd America's Cup Match

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The American team, founded ten years ago by software mogul Larry Ellison, achieved its ultimate goal when they powered across the finish line of Race 2 with a margin of 5 minutes and 26 seconds to defeat the Swiss Defender’s Alinghi 2-0.

Ellison sailed on board USA today, his first America’s Cup Match race proving a winning one.

BMW ORACLE Racing become the first American team to win the America’s Cup since 1992 when America3 defeated Il Moro de Venezia off San Diego.   more...


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Latest America's Cup court rulings might not bode well for Alinghi

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After months of circling and jabbing, America’s BMW-Oracle sailing team landed some legal body blows this week that bode ill for the Swiss Alinghi team’s efforts to avoid racing for the America’s Cup at Valencia, Spain, on Feb. 8.

The latest ruling came Friday afternoon, when New York State Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich said that the rudders on BMW-Oracle’s 113-foot trimaran won’t be included when the Yankee boat is measured for the best-of-three America’s Cup grudge match.  more...



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RAK Racked

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This just in: Larry Ellison’s BMW Oracle Racing team has successfully eliminated Ras al Khaimah as a venue for America’s Cup 33.

I reckon I can give up shopping for best-price tickets.

First word comes from Alinghi, and here is the prepared statement:

The New York Supreme Court today ruled that the 33rd America’s Cup, scheduled in February 2010, must take place in a venue in the Southern Hemisphere as per the strict reading of the competition’s governing document, the Deed of Gift, or in Valencia, Spain, as the only exception to that rule.  more...



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Find and stay in the best pressure

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Even a little more wind pressure can make a huge difference in yuur downwind performance. So whenever you are on a run, a big key to success is locating better wind velocity, getting your boat into that pressure, and then staying in it as long as possible. Wind velocity is an important strategic factor because it allows you to sail lower and faster. In addition, you can stay in each puff much longer on a run than on a beat (because you are sailing with the wind, not against it), so there is more to be gained by getting to the best puffs quickly. Here are some thoughts on how to do this. more...

 



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Off to Disneyland

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Off to Disneyland 
Andy Rice
Chris Dickson fronted up to answer the media’s questions this evening. He congratulated Luna Rossa and paid tribute to his own team BMW Oracle Racing. “We’ve had a very strong team with a huge amount of depth in the sailing team, in every area. I look back on this week, on Round Robins 1 and 2, we had no glaring weaknesses. We were outclassed by Luna Rossa in a number of areas this week. If there was something glaringly obvious we’d have done something about it.”   more


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Not Obligated to Acknowledge Your Foul?

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Gilles Martin-Raget/BMW Oracle

Kimball Livingston
You heard me. In a match race there is no obligation to take a penalty if you foul. But you're doubledog obligated to perform your penance if the umpires nail you. Hit a mark unseen? Keep going, mate. And this is not about cheating. It's a function of having umpires on the course. In a meeting that included jury chairman Bryan Willis and chief umpire Brad Dellenbaugh, the point was made very clearly by Willis that, "You are expected to wait for the umpires to make the call."   more


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Deep, Deep Inside the AC Beltway

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One of the truisms expounded by any number of players around here is that nobody wants to win the America's Cup on a fluke. Hogwash. Given the opportunity, I'd be glad to win the America's Cup on a fluke.

Scandals, or rumors thereof? This is grand nonsense or it's nothing. When was the America's Cup ever without fustigation? From Lord Dunraven to the antics of Alan Bond, who had quite a gleeful summer of bickering in Newport in '83, there's always been something. Now in Valencia we've gone from talking about the weather to sailing in what we've got, and there are people who are sure that our lost racing days were all part of a dastardly plot, and Alinghi's overdue weather briefing on Wednesday didn't satisfy everybody, and seven flights in, the big players haven't even pulled out all their ammunition yet and . . . more...


 



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Proof of Concept - America's Cup 32

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[GillesSouthAfricaLeading.jpg]Okay, the heat is seriously on to get in a full eliminations series for the challengers. But there's another story here. Proof of concept of those ill-named Acts. Shosholoza ahead of BMW Oracle for 2+ legs of their race. The South African team was outmatched, but there they were, mixing it up, holding BMW Oracle out of the advantaged right-hand side of the course, giving a heavy-weight team a scare.  more...

 

 

 



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Louis Vuitton Cup - Round Robin 1 - Day 7: Areva Challenge beat Desafío Español

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It wasn't supposed to be a difficult race for Desafío Español, the Spanish America's Cup challenger, but it turned out as the day's upset as a broken spinnaker pole on the Spanish boat cost them the early and comfortable lead they had over the French.

The start was pretty even and the Spanish went off the right side of the course and began to take the lead early in the first leg. The held on it till the top mark which they rounded 7 seconds ahead of their rival. Halfway through the first downwind leg, and after having increased their lead, Desafío Español suffered a breakage on their spinnaker pole.   more...

 



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A slow start to the Louis Vuitton Cup on a busy day at Port America's Cup

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America's Cup: Strife on the ocean waveA slow start to the Louis Vuitton Cup on a busy day at Port America's Cup

Valencia, 16 April, 2007 - Following a four year programme of racing across Europe, on Monday the first day of racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup was scheduled. For the first time, the challengers were sailing for their lives, with elimination looming after two Round Robins.

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Actors, models, sports people… all of them 18th crew members

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The importance of the first journey of Louis Vuitton Cup is incomparable and a few internationally known celebrities want to be on board some the Cups´ most worldly and sophisticated boats for this symbolic day. Among those who will sail today are, Helen Clark, Ashton Kutcher, Chole Sevigny, Tatiana Patitz or Marco Bortolami.

The first person to play will be New Zealand´s Prime Minister, Helen Clark, who will be on board the NZL 92 for the Emirates Team New Zealand versus Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team race, the first match of the first Louis Vuitton Cup ever to be held in Europe.   more...

 



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America's Cup Match - The 136th anniversary

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In 1870, the Englishman James Ashbury arrived in New York with the Cambria to race the first America's Cup challenge. He found himself up against a fleet of 14 yachts sailing for the New York Yacht Club - all determined to keep the increasingly famous Cup. Over the winter Ashbury demanded that the NYYC revise the race conditions and that they sail just one yacht in defence of the trophy.
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Terry Hutchinson, tactician, Emirates Team New Zealand

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Terry Hutchinson, tactician, Emirates Team New Zealand After his team began sailing in Valencia for the first time this year last week, Emirates Team New Zealand tactician Terry Hutchinson spoke about the upcoming season.   more



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Emirates Team New Zealand looking to race

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Emirates Team New Zealand looking to race

Emirates Team New Zealand, the leading challenger on the Louis Vuitton Ranking table returned to Valencia this week and began two-boat training on Monday. After nearly seven months in Auckland, during which time the team launched and tested its new NZL 92, the Kiwis are back and ready to race.

Kevin Shoebridge, Sailing Manager for the team says the time in New Zealand was well spent.

“We went home, we launched our second boat did a lot of sea trialling in Auckland and a lot of structural testing and then basically we tried to find out where we were with our yardstick, NZL 84. So it was a continuation of our development boat wise, rig wise, sail wise, and as a race team.”
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America's Cup Broadcast Schedule

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The 32nd America's Cup and the Louis Vuitton Cup Final and Semi Finals will be broadcast LIVE in the US by Versus Network (formerly Outdoor Life/OLN).

For Round Robin 1 and 2, taped highlight shows will air nightly, times to be determined. 
Round Robin 1 coverage begins April 16 and runs to approximately April 23.
Round Robin 2 coverage begins April 25 and runs to approximately May 7.

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