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Geronimo to leave Brest tomorrow.

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Resize of G040121_161516.jpgThe Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran will leave the Brest arsenal tomorrow to arrive at the Jules Verne Trophy start line at around midday. She will cross the line as quickly as possible, the actual time depending on the latest weather forecasts.  more...

 

 

 

 


 



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Acura SORC Competitors Set to Heat Up the Waters

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MIAMI BEACH, FL, February 19, 2004 - The Acura SORC will feature thrilling competition across all classes as some return to defend their Acura SORC titles, and others try to recapture the glory found in Key West. The 63rd edition of the Acura SORC, to be raced off Miami Beach, FL, February 25 - February 29, once again features racing on ocean courses with all shore side activities headquartered at the Miami Beach Marina.

Last year's Acura SORC and Farr 40 World Champion Massimo Mezzaroma and Nerone return to defend their class championship against the likes of 2004 Key West Race Week champion Peter de Ridder and Mean Machine, Key West runner-up James Richardson's Barking Mad and 2003 Acura SORC Farr 40 2nd place finisher Hasso Plattner and Morning Glory.   more...

 



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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

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Crash Test Dummies<BR>© Event MediaWhile the major interest in the Racing division is focussed on the head-to-head battle between the two MaxZ86's, Roy DISNEY'S Pyewacket and Dr Hasso PLATTNER'S Morning Glory, the class of the rest of the boats in the racing division shouldn't be ignored.

Titan 12, Tom HILL'S latest big boat, a Reichel/Pugh 75, should bring the America's Cup skills of the Caribbean's own Peter HOLMBERG to the start line, where he will be looking to see if he can show the Z86's the way on handicap. Clay DEUTCH'S Swan 68 Chippewa is always there or thereabouts and seems to get better year on year. 2004 sees the return of the green-hulled Donnybrook, a Santa Cruz 72, and back come Equation, the Andrews 68 turbo, and Mischievous, the Meritan 65. Joining them is the latest Highland Fling, a Carroll Marine 60 in fine racing form.   more...

 



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Latest From Jean-Luc Van Den Heede

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Jean Luc Van den HEEDE is laughing. After being absent for three days, the wind finally returned yesterday, and in its wake, the yachtsman from Amiens has cheered up. ”I’m not really in a hurry to get back on dry land, I’m sorry. However, I would like to finish, to achieve my goal, to increase my lead, so to arrive sooner, but psychologically, I’m doing fine. In any case, to do this, you have to like being at sea!” The former maths teacher is being very logical once again. ”The Doldrums are now just a bad memory. I had to stick it out for three days, becalmed with a record for being slow the day before yesterday (35 miles in 24 hours).   more...

 



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Global circuit for a new Super Maxi Class.

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SAN FRANCISCO, FEBRUARY 24, 2004-Roy Disney, Hasso Plattner, and Dick
and Doug DeVos, the owners respectively of the maxZ86 racers Pyewacket,
Morning Glory, and Windquest, have invited other big boat owners to race
on a global circuit for a new Super Maxi Class.

"This group is looking to compete in handicap racing with and against
big boats which are the general speed and size of a maxZ86, which fit
into a relatively narrow rating band, and which fall inside the speed limits set for the Bermuda Race, Transpac, Fastnet and other international events," said the invitation letter, sent to other owners.   more...


 



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Cheyenne Good Progress - Even Under Repair

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Cheyenne covers 457 nm past 24 hrs

430+ nm Ahead of Orange 2002 RTW Track

Tuesday 24 February 2004 - 0510 GMT - 601 nm SW of Cape Town: Despite the need to effect a major repair to re-attach the Forestay from midnight Sunday through Monday afternoon, Cheyenne and her crew covered 457 miles during Day 17 of their RTW sailing record attempt, averaging 19 kts as they continued E/SE.

Steve Fossett and team's current position (42 01S, 8 07E) keeps them approximately 430 - 450 nm ahead of the 2002 RTW record position of Bruno Peyron's Orange after 17 days, having lost 60 - 80 nm Monday while making repairs.

Steve Fossett commented on Monday night:   more...

 



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Ex-college rivals breeze into Athens

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OFF TO ATHENS: Yngling series winners crossing the finish line are left to right, Carol Cronin, Elizabeth Filter and Nancy Haberland. AL DIAZ / HERALD STAFFPete Spaulding of Miami and skipper Tim Wadlow easily win the 49er class at the U.S. Olympic trials on Biscayne Bay, earning a spot in the Summer Games

To hear skipper Tim Wadlow tell it, Sunday wasn't exactly a heart-pounding day of sailboat racing on Biscayne Bay.

''It wasn't exciting -- another light-air day,'' Wadlow deadpanned to a friend after the race.

Except for one thing. Wadlow, of Brookline, Mass., and crew Pete Spaulding of Miami won the U.S. Olympic sailing trials in the 49er class, meaning they will represent the United States at the Summer Games in Athens.   more...

 

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Forestay Re-attached as 16 Hour Repair Salvages RTW Record Attempt

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Monday 23 February 2004 - 1710 GMT - 773 nm SW of Cape Town (but not heading there...): After a day of extraordinary tension and teamwork, Skipper Steve Fossett reported late this afternoon that the giant catamaran's wayward Forestay, displaced during the previous night, had finally been reconnected - and Cheyenne and her team of 13 were once again sailing at speed and on course in their attempt at Bruno Peyron's 2 year old Round the World Sailing Record of 64 days 8 hours 37 minutes. The bars of Cape Town can now stand down.

At 1710 GMT this evening Cheyenne and crew were traveling E/SE at 21.8 kts in a 23 kt westerly breeze. Before this morning's drama, Cheyenne was over 500 nautical miles ahead of the 2002 record track of Orange. Even during the 16+ hour repair process, excellent downwind progress along the course was made, the big cat covering 196 nm over the past 12 hours, and 446 miles over the past 24 hrs - at an avg speed of 18.6 kts.   more...


 



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Gaillard qualifies for Olympics

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Fort Lauderdale · Meg Gaillard clinched an Olympic berth in convincing fashion Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Sailing Trials out of Lauderdale Yacht Club.

Gaillard, 30, of Jamestown, R.I., won two races on a tough ocean course south of Port Everglades Inlet to lock up the Europe class regatta and will represent the United States in Athens, Greece, this summer.

With 13 first-place finishes and a second in 14 races, Gaillard can sit out both of today's races, which would be her two throwouts and finish with 15 points.   more...


 



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ORANGE II LOST HER STARBOARD CRASH BOX

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Resize of E-01214-09.jpgBruno Peyron, skipper of the Orange II maxi-catamaran, has revealed during todays audio chat session the nature of the incident that occurred yesterday.

"It happened yesterday morning while we were sailing flat out. We realised at dawn that we had lost 30 cm of the starboard crash box. It must have happened between 4 and 8 AM. Yet we're positive we did not hit anything, because we would have felt it at the helm, so we do not have any explanation for this problem. It's a very tricky part to build, so maybe it needs to be reinforced. We'll study this problem with the architects, in order to repair the boat as quickly as possible and set off again. We took the decision to head towards Lorient this morning, and we hope to be there by Sunday, if the conditions do not force us to slow down. What really is positive is that the boat has proved her potential, sailing downwind at more than 30 knots, despite having 3 tonnes of load onboard. There still remains a small problem concerning the rudders, but we identified it — under certain circumstances, this probably will require that we take it easy."   more...


 



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Bank BPH on the steady pace south

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Resize of 04_00738 -Bank BPH-30.jpg“Last 24 hours was a lot better than the previous as the continuing very good weather conditions helped us to cover another 341 miles”. - Said Roman Paszke yacht’s capitan reporting from aboard of Polish Volvo 60 Bank BPH currently in the Atlantic sailing after the ultimate quest of establishing new round the world record.

 



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History Made

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Ben Ainslie (GBR><BR>© Rick Tomlinson Milestones in sailing don't come along every day, but yesterday in Rio de Janeiro, there was a very special milestone. Winning the Finn Gold Cup for the third time in a row, Ben Ainslie (GBR) has equaled Jorg Bruder's record set between 1970 and 72.

Overcoming challenging conditions and a very deep field of talent, Ainslie has now won all five major championships since he entered the class in 2001. With the Olympic Games in Athens just 6 months away, is there anyone who can stop this man?   more...


 



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Geronimo back in Brest

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Geronimo arrived at back in Brest , at 1630 (French time) yesterday afternoon, seven days after Olivier de Kersauson's decision to restart his attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy.

As soon as she was secure alongside, the gennakers that caused the trimaran's u-turn were taken off immediately and transported to the Incidences sail loft in Brest for modification.  more...

 

 



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UBS Trophy Regatta Celebrates Newport

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For the first time since 1983, Newport, Rhode Island is preparing for an onslaught of America's Cup style match racing with the UBS Trophy regatta, to be held June 19 to June 26.

Organized by Team Alinghi, winner of the America's Cup 2003, and sponsored by UBS, the regatta promises to celebrate the spirit of the 153 year-old trophy in the historic home of the America's Cup during a week of world class yacht racing and festivities.

"Rhode Island eagerly awaits the return of America's Cup racing to Narragansett Bay", said Donald L. Carcieri, Governor. "Our America's Cup heritage remains strong, not just in the marine industry that continues to build and equip world class racing yachts, but also in the many people and organizations that continue to support the Cup as it evolves into a mainstream global sporting event".

The opening press conference on Friday June 18 will initiate the event, and racing will begin the following day, weather permitting. Two races will be sailed daily. The course will be short and will be sailed close to the shore in order to offer the best possible access to the public. Tuesday June 22 is scheduled as a lay day.   more...


 



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Oracle starts sailing season in New Zealand

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The Oracle BMW Racing team starts a two-boat sailing programme this week from the team’s base in Auckland, New Zealand.

In a sight reminiscent of a year ago in the Viaduct Basin, the team’s chase boats lead the America’s Cup Class boats USA-71 and USA-76 from the dock each morning.

The team tows out to the Hauraki Gulf for two-boat sailing where they will collect data for the design process as well as develop the crew work on the race boats. Sailing during the New Zealand summer provides an “off-season” opportunity to get some time on the water during the Northern Hemisphere winter. 
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