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Barker chases Olympic dream in wake of Coutts

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Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker is launching a late bid to compete at the Athens Olympics in the same class in which Russell Coutts won gold in 1984.

The 30-year-old helmsman will race two Olympic trials next year in an attempt to be New Zealand's entrant in the Finn class. He faces competition from Peter Fox, who finished 23rd in Lasers at the Sydney Olympics regatta, and Clifton Webb, who finished 16th in Finns.

"I've been looking at a few different options since the America's Cup," Barker told Sunday Star-Times. "The first priority has been putting a huge amount of effort into putting a new team (Team NZ) together."

Barker has had one attempt to qualify for the Olympics and it left a bitter taste in his mouth. In 1996, he tied for first place with Craig Monk before losing out on a controversial countback. He was so disillusioned with the process he was on the verge of quitting sailing.   more...

 



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Skandia red hot for Hobart

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Sun, 30 Nov 2003
Victorian Grant Wharington sailed his 98 footer Skandia to a perfect four line honours wins, in the 2003 JPMorgan Regatta off Sydney Heads this weekend.

Skandia, the biggest ocean racer every built in Australia, showed why she is currently the red hot line honours favourite for the 2003 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race.

Launched only six weeks ago after completion by Hart Marine of Melbourne, the canting keel super maxi had not faced the starter prior to this event.

Wharington and his seventeen crew sailed for sixty five hours from Melbourne and managed to snatch just five hours sleep before they began their first season, on Saturday morning, off Sydney Heads.    more...

 



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An update from Tim Kent

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Today is a great day to look back at the year past and reflect on the many things that I have shared with all of you for which I am very thankful. We successfully completed the Around Alone in second place - a result that I would have been inconceivable to me just two years ago. My friend Rick McKenna and I survived a capsize at sea that could easily have turned out badly. Over the last two years I have met hundreds of wonderful people; some of them my competitors, the support crews and event staff, but most of all the supporters and volunteers who did so much to make Everest Horizontal a success.   more...

 



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Coutts Fired From Alinghi?

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Rumors from Sailing Anarchy....

Word out of Geneva tonight is that Russell Coutts and Ernesto Bertarelli may have come apart. Coutts was conspicuous in his absence at the Moet Cup against Oracle BMW in September (which Alinghi lost). Then Coutts was AWOL this week for the venue announcement in Geneva and the follow-on folderol in Valencia. In the meantime Alinghi have hired ex Oracle BMW helmsman Peter Holmberg, and, curiously, this was announced last week by Alinghi's "Director of Sport" Jochen Schumann, not by team CEO Coutts. Schumann also skippered Alinghi in the Moet Cup.   more...



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Desafio Español leaves the darkness

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After Valencia was appointed host for the 2007 America's Cup, the project of Desafio Español which Agustín Zulueta considered can be pushed under the limelight.

"We are now preparing a Spanish project and details will be revealed over the next few days", said Gerardo Pombo García, President of the Spanish Sailing Federation, who said in October that project is "suspended" until the Swiss have chosen the America's Cup venue.   more...



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America's Cup goes to Valencia without Conner

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The Swiss have picked Spain's third city, Valencia, as the venue for the revamped 32nd America's Cup in 2007. But the first America's Cup in Europe since 1851 will be without one of its iconic figures of the past three decades: Dennis Conner is retiring from the fray.

Gone are the nationality rules and failed bidders - Lisbon, Marseilles and Naples - and in come shorter, punchier races, a venue where the starting and finishing line can be within metres of the shore, and a full programme of build-up events starting in June 2004.

"It will be almost like stadium sailing," said Michel Bonnefous, the chief executive of America's Cup Management, who, along with Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli, French management consultants Algoe and others, selected the winning city.   more...



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Timme Angsten Regatta

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Race Date: November 28-30, 2003

Timme Angsten was born in Oak Park, Ill., in 1927 and became interested in dinghy sailing while in high school. Later, he raced Stars, and in 1943, won the Great Lakes Championship in his first season as owner of his Star, Skylark. Timme remained active in Stars, competing against such top sailors as Olympic winners Bert Williams and Harry Nye, as well as Dick Stearns and Gary Comer.

Timme graduated from Oak Park High School in 1945 and entered Northwestern University where he organized the first sailing club. He had also been racing as a member of the Chicago Yacht Club Dinghy Fleet. Timme arranged an invitational collegiate regatta to be held at his home club over Thanksgiving weekend. Northwestern won that first event in 1947, and the regatta has been an annual tradition since then. Within a year of the first race, Timme tragically died of a childhood head injury, but the regatta has carried on with the support of the Chicago Yacht Club and the Angsten family. Timme's father, the late Commodore Henry Angsten, donated the perpetual trophy and the Angsten family continues to help defray regatta costs each year.   more...

 



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Italian Syndicate Launched

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After weeks of speculation and rumour the official existence of a new Italian Challenge for the XXXII America's Cup was finally revealed this week end in Livorno. As rumoured, the Toscana Challenge has purchased USA 66 and USA 77 from the Team Dennis Conner. These yachts will enable the team to undertake a two boat training programme in Italian waters from which benchmark data will be derived to aid the development of two new IACC boats (will be called 'Mediterranea' and 'Mediterraneo'), as well as giving the sailing team maximum experience. The Toscana Challenge also introduced his crew, which will include:   more...

 



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NEXT AMERICA'S CUP IN VALENCIA

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AC MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCES VALENCIA
AS HOST CITY FOR THE 32nd AMERICA'S CUP

Geneva - 26th November 2003 - AC Management, along with the current Trustee
of the America's Cup, the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), has just
announced the Host City and the principal partner for the 32nd America's
Cup.

Pierre-Yves Firmenich, Commodore of the Société Nautique de Genève, has
revealed the 32nd America's Cup will be sailed in Valencia, Spain.

Louis Vuitton will be the principal partner, continuing its 20-year
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HISTORIC DAY FOR THE AMERICA’S CUP

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VALENCIA IS ANNOUNCED AS THE HOST CITY

Geneva – 26th November 2003 – The America’s Cup community came to Geneva on Wednesday to listen as the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), the Trustee of the America’s Cup, revealed that Valencia, Spain will be the Host City for the 32nd America’s Cup.

Michel Bonnefous, the Chief Executive Officer of AC Management opened the ceremony by speaking about many of the new elements that will be a part of the 32nd America’s Cup, including a full programme of racing beginning in September 2004.

"There will be a more dynamic race format including a new schedule of pre-regattas," Bonnefous said. "Racing will begin in less than a year!"

The first pre-regatta will be in September, 2004. Two more events will follow that year. The pre-regattas are an opportunity to bring America’s Cup racing to different venues and Bonnefous said each of the four final Host City candidates will be offered one of these events.

Several pre-regattas are scheduled in 2005 and 2006, ahead of the 2007 opening Fleet Race regatta. The Louis Vuitton Cup challenger races will begin in April 2007, followed by the 32nd America’s Cup Match. The first race is scheduled for the 23rd of June, 2007.

Before the identity of the host city was made known, Bonnefous was joined on stage by Yves Carcelle, the President of Louis Vuitton, and they announced that Louis Vuitton would be the principal partner of the 32nd America’s Cup, continuing a 20-year relationship between the luxury goods maker, and the world’s most prestigious sailing race.

"I am overjoyed," Carcelle said. "The challengers will again race for the Louis Vuitton Cup!"

For the first time, Louis Vuitton will be the principal partner for the America’s Cup Match, in addition to the pre-regattas, and the Challenger races. Louis Vuitton Watches will be the Official Timer for all events, and the Louis Vuitton Cup will be awarded to the winner of the Challenger Selection Series.

Among the crowd of over 300 people, representatives from 15 prospective challengers from eight countries were present, along with key members from the four remaining bid cities: Lisbon, (POR), Marseille, (FRA), Naples, (ITA), and Valencia, (ESP).

"Each city has worked really hard throughout the bidding process," Bonnefous said, as a video played highlights from each city. "They have all done an outstanding job. The entire America’s Cup community owes them its gratitude and respect."

Then, shortly before noon, Pierre-Yves Firmenich, the Commodore of the Société Nautique de Genève, ended the suspense that has been building over the past nine months by revealing the identity of the Host City of the 32nd America’s Cup.

To a long ovation, Firmenich revealed Valencia, Spain would play host to the 32nd America’s Cup.

"I think that both for Valencia and for Spain, to be able to host the America’s Cup for the first time in Europe makes us very proud" said José Salinas, the head of the Valencia bid committee. "At the same time, we have to measure up to this difficult task. We have to deliver the best America’s Cup in history, for competitors, for participants and for the public at large. We will try to do it with our best efforts and I think this is a big step forward for Valencia and for Spain."

Michel Bonnefous explained the main consideration in making the decision was to find a venue with consistent weather conditions to ensure the racing proceeds as scheduled.

"The wind conditions in Valencia are very, very good for what we want to do," Bonnefous said. "The wind is very reliable, very steady. We evaluated the worst-case scenario, in other words, how many days you cannot sail, due to the weather. In Auckland, over a period where we lost 15 days, in Valencia, at worst, we would lose just one day."

Shortly after the conclusion of the press conference, a delegation consisting of prospective challengers, media, representatives from Valencia and the America’s Cup was scheduled to depart by plane for Valencia where they will be met by the Mayor.

Mayor Rita Barberá will host a reception at the Town Hall on Wednesday night to celebrate the arrival of the America’s Cup. On Thursday morning, the delegation is scheduled to tour Valencia, with specific attention on the facilities that will soon make up the next home for the America’s Cup family. A press conference for local media will follow at 11:00 at the Palacio de Congresos.

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The Venue - From Sailing Anarchy

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Andy Green (www.britishracinggreen.co.uk) is one of the better sailors from the UK and occasional contributor here at SA. Here Andy weighs in on where the next AC might be held. Enjoy.

The debate about the home for the next America's Cup has caused much consternation. It is after all the biggest event that sailing has. (The Olympics is owned by the IOC) It is a very interesting indicator as to the state of our sport and the image it portrays. It is hard to say that at this level this is not a rich man's game, but the interest and economic benefit is becoming increasingly valuable to European Cities desperate to set themselves apart from 40 other big cities within a 2-hour plane ride. Liverpool in England just spent £1.8million to ensure the Clipper Round the World Race, a participant paid race that coincides with their nomination as European City of Culture, starts there, that's a lot of money for a sailing race.  
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Le Défi Français waits its time will come

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Very discrete since the disappointing regatta in Auckland, Pierre Mas, Xavier de Lesquen and Luc Gelusseau are determined that the crew of le Défi would return stronger and more determined for the 2007 cup.

The team's facilities (particularly the operations base in Lorient) are still the same as the ones used during the past America's Cup with three ACC yachts ­ FRA 69, FRA 79 and FRA 46 ­ were sent back from Auckland to Lorient.

"We have a long term strategy there", said Pierre Mas, director of sport. "Many other syndicates really envy us our tool".

Whatever the name of the City announced tomorrow, the challengers will not be authorized to install their own operations bases there. "It is one of the Swiss requirements", Pierre Mas said.   more...

 



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The sailing world holds its breath

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On Wednesday, 26th November, the Trustee of the America’s Cup, the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), will reveal the identity of the Host City and the principal partner for the 32nd America’s Cup.

Details of the new features of the Louis Vuitton challenge trophy and the America's Cup in 2007 will be unveiled when organisers AC announce the location of the event.

The announcement will take place at the Hotel President Wilson on the shores of Lake Geneva. Michel Bonnefous, CEO of AC Management, the organising authority for the next event, will outline the vision and plans for the 32nd America’s Cup.

"Through this bidding process, we have identified four wonderful venues, each capable of hosting the America’s Cup," Bonnefous said. "Each city has worked very hard through the bidding process, and they have all done an outstanding job."

At 11:51, Pierre-Yves Firmenich, Commodore of the Société Nautique de Genève, will join Michel Bonnefous in revealing the identity of the new Host City.

The ceremony will commence at 11:15 and will be followed by a press conference.

The entire ceremony can be viewed via a live webcast. Full webcast details can be found on
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Buzz returns at Team NZ

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Team New Zealand have signed some top people who will make the syndicate a potent weapon, says managing director Grant Dalton.

After just seven months in the job, it appears the veteran round-the-world sailor is on track to get Team New Zealand on the start-line in 2007.

"In recent weeks we have had some serious success on the people front," Dalton said yesterday.

"I'm really excited. Our design team, our engineers, our statistical analysts, our new mast design team, new sail design team and our new crew are a potent weapon.

"Everything is under control, the back of the boat - everywhere. It is a real step up."   more...



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Couple 'cruises well together'

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Mayheus

When Steve and Mary Mayheu divulged their plans to sail away for a year in retirement and explore North America, not everybody envisioned the pure romance of it.

"I got comments like, 'You really get along with your wife that well?'" Steve Mayheu laughed.

The fact is, the Mayheus have always had a close-knit and romantic relationship, but the demands of busy and hectic lives often intervened. Along with raising two sons, Mary was busy as a grade school principal, while Steve was a special education teacher/coordinator and long-time Algoma High School football coach. He was also active in the U.S. Army National Guard, where duties as colonel and later commander meant he was often gone as many as three weekends a month, along with a month in summer.

So, each July, the Mayheus would set aside as a respite from those responsiblities, to spend time sailing and being with each other.   more...



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