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Jablonski confirms the Toscana Challenge

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Poland’s Karol Jablonski, the current ISAF Match Racing World champion (since 1999), confirmed that he had just signed up to skipper Italian's Toscana Challenge. He will come in Italy with his usual fellow board members. Karol Jablonski confirmed his new team had bought the two former Conner's Stars & Stripes and is in discussion with Terry Hutchinson and renowned designers Reichel/Pugh of San Diego, California.   more...



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-More about the Ozboyz Challenge

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Sebastien Destremau, line-honours skipper in the storm-struck 1998 Sydney-Hobart race, and businessman Phil Edmiston are the driving forces behind the Perth-based Ozboyz Challenge, which needs to raise AUS$58 million (US$41) to provide an Australian presence at the next cup regatta.

"A generation of Australians has lived and breathed the America's Cup and to see all the Australian talent spread among other nations' syndicates in Auckland last time was frankly embarrassing", Edmiston said. "Putting together an America's Cup challenge is a huge undertaking but someone has to take the first steps of a long journey - and right now that's us."   more...



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The New Genesis? - from Sailing Anarchy

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These pictures from our friends at Outside Images (they have more), show a new experimental Quantum mainsail onboard a Farr 36 off Sydney. Interesting, and I'm sure far from finished, but why does it look like most of the fibers are going the wrong way? One thing for sure is that despite Quantum's newest ad in the glossies touting their tri-radial sails, they are poised to make the technology switch to string sails. they do have some of the best people in the sport, and one would be smart to bet that they'll get this very right. Right?   more...

 



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Windsurfer Completes First Pacific Crossing

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A French windsurfer, Raphaela Le Gouvello, has completed the first solo crossing of the Pacific from Peru to Tahiti. Photo from August shows Le Gouvello as she set off from the bay of Chorillos in Lima REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

PARIS (Reuters) - A French windsurfer, Raphaela Le Gouvello, has completed the first solo crossing of the Pacific from Peru to Tahiti. 

The 43-year-old arrived in Papeete Monday after traveling 4,455 miles in 89 days and seven hours, her Web Site reported. She has already completed solo crossings of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

She was escorted into Papeete harbor by a flotilla and met on the quayside by Tahitian local government leader Gaston Flosse.

"You have achieved something quite extraordinary," he told Le Gouvello. She followed the route of the famous Kon Tiki expedition made by Thor Heyerdahl in 1947 in a papyrus vessel.    more...

 



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Hey, Sports Fans!

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Hey, Sports Fans! Is your enthusiasm for sailing so intense you never miss the occasional sailing segment on ESPN? Unfortunately for those of us who like to watch sailboat racing on TV, our sport doesn't produce gripping footage; proof is in the numbers, as ratings don't exactly soar. A larger sailing audience would command more coverage; imagine viewing a channel dedicated to sailing. The America's Cup gets the best spots on TV, but the next Cup is scheduled for 2007. So what's a sailing fanatic to do? Stay tuned for the CarbonCat Racing League, a new outfit promising high speeds, exciting shoreside racing, and TV coverage.   more...

 

 

 

 



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Lewmar insurers settle WWE claim out of court

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The insurers of Havant-based Lewmar Ltd have announced that they have decided to settle the case brought against Lewmar by World Wrestling Entertainment Inc (WWE) in Kansas USA.

The case was brought against Lewmar in January this year following the death of an American wrestler in 1999. Owen Hart, known as the Blue Blazer, was being lowered into the ring in Kansas City, Missouri, when a quick-release shackle opened, sending him 25 metres to his death. The organiser, World Wrestling Entertainment, agreed an US$18 million settlement with Mr Hart's family in 2000. The latest case was brought by the WWE in an attempt to recover some of that US$18m paid out to the family of Owen Hart.   more...



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Peter Homberg Home, Considering America's Cup Options & Growing Roots

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While the rumour mill runs rife, Virgin Islander, top match racer and America’s Cup veteran Peter Holmberg has come back home – for the time being - and is considering his future after his rollercoaster ride with Larry Ellison and the Oracle BMW challenge for the America’s Cup; and his future looks rosy, he’s getting married, building a home and weighing his options as a professional sailor and America’s Cup participant.

While he’s looking at his America’s Cup choices, he’s in no rush and after his last experience and to wants to weigh his options. “I don’t need the Cup. If it comes, the perfect deal, I’ll take it but I’m able to make a living professional sailing and live in the VI. That’s just about as close to an ideal life as I can imagine. I think it’s the right mind set for looking at the Cup.”  more...



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AMERICA'S CUP - more

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* Did Russell Coutts give up the secret in a recent speech? The Sailing
Anarchy website thinks so, when Coutts reportedly said in response to a
question about the venue for the next America's Cup: "The country has
challenged for the Cup, but not in 2003." If Coutts was stating fact and
the quote is correct, that leaves only Valencia.   more...



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The K-Challenge team

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* The K-Challenge team, represented by John Cutler, Romain Troublé, John Ziskind and Cameron Dunn, will take on Gavin Brady and the Oracle BMW Racing (with Jon Gundersen, Sean Clarkson and Jamie Gale) in a match-racing event as part of the China Coast Race Week. This competition is part of the training plans of the new French challenge working towards the 32nd America's Cup. K-Challenge will also participate to the match racing world circuit from next year on, according to their general calendar.  more...



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AMERICA'S CUP

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* The Italian sports' daily "Gazzetta dello Sport" reported last week that a new Italian syndicate is borning and suggested that this new team has bought one of the 2002 Stars & Stripes and want to recruit Poland's match racing ace Karol Jablonski as skipper. More details have been released concerning the Team led by Gualtiero Pantani, an Italian businessman. The syndicate, christened "Toscana Challenge", would sail under the Yacht Club Livorno's burgee and would have recruited former Stars & Stripes tactician (and AmericaOne trimmer) Terry Hutchinson and Poland's Karol Jablonski, who was hoping to put together a Polish campaign but commented on Thursday that this project would not now come to fruition.   more...



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Sue And I'll Talk - Team NZ Adviser

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 FotopressHeaded by billionaire investor Craig McCaw and backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, former America's Cup challenger OneWorld has filed a $US1,053,497.60 summary judgment claim against Sean Reeves, its former operations manager turned whistle-blower.

Filed at the High Court at Auckland, One World's claim is a bid to have the New Zealand court enforce a summary judgment handed down by a Seattle court in September 2002 just before the start of the America's Cup challenger series, the Louis Vuitton Cup.  more...






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Start Sailing

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If you decided that sailing is something you want to do, but you don't know where to go, use this site as your guide to anything that you may want to know about your new sport, hobby, new way of life.

If you came to this site by a chance, but you have seen sailboats out there on the water or have a friend who spends thousands on his boat every year. If you were wondering why do people play sailing Why Do People Sail interesting study to find out why maybe you should start sailing. 

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A decision "by end November" ?

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A decision on where the 2007 America's Cup is to be held is expected within the next few weeks, the man leading Lisbon's bid to host the yachting regatta predicted.

"The dealine was 15 December. At this date, contractual stage will have to be concluded", he told a press conference. "Which implies that they must make a decision at least one month before the deadline".

"They've (organisers) let it be known that they'll give a definitive decision earlier than forecast, probably by the end of November,". "I reckon that'll be between November 15 and 20".

More precise, the Swiss daily "Tribune de Genève" announces that "The choice of the city to host the America's Cup will be normally unveil on Wednesday, November 26 in Geneva".  
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Windy City Match Race Recap

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Great enthusiasm for match racing kept thirty sailors from raking leaves this past weekend; instead, some of Chicago's best sailors met at Belmont for an all day clinic on Saturday and match race on Sunday.

Light breeze on Saturday kept the temperatures warm for practice, and a 6-10 knot westerly filled in on Sunday dropping temperatures into the high 40's. The oscillating wind from the city shore made it opportune for passing lanes throughout the 20-minute races.

The six flight format provided the opportunity for each team to match up twice, with an entry on starboad and an entry on port. The RC anchor line proved to be troublesome for one team, while close dialups caused gasps from fellow racers while all viewed the weekend video recap at the Sunday night gathering at Moxie.

Sunday Race Results are noted below:
Buckley/ Whitford/ Whitford/ Reig/ Kent  6-0
Vowels/ Johnson/ Johnson/ Hernandez/ Flavia 4-2
Conoly/ Hughes/ Furry/ Clark/ Cunningham  1-5
Mack/ Chiara/ Lewis/ Hartford/ Kendt   1-5

Special thanks to umpires: Cliff Black and Ted Jones, and race committee: Bow Lingle, Mark Renz and Dennis Bartley for volunteering their time and energy; and especially the boat owners for their trust.

In addition, thank you Moxie for the after party, North U for the learning Cds, sailhead.com for the photos and video, Mount Gay for the rum and tshirts, and Red Bull for the marks and energy source.

Overall, Match Race One plans to entertain Chicago's growing interest in match racing by organizing two (2) seminars over the winter, and a match race series to start in the Spring 2004. More information will be posted on www.sailhead.com/race.

Thank you all for your interest. As always, if you have any energy or ideas to spare, let us know.


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Mirabella V makes yard a major yacht builder, claims VT

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VT (formerly Vosper Thornycroft) Shipbuilding's experience gained building the Mirabella V, the world's largest single-masted sailing vessel, which is due to be launched next month, has elevated the company to a premier position among the world's yacht builders, it claims. The massive 75m sloop has extended the boundaries of yacht building technology, both in terms of composite construction and other elements such as the mast and drop keel, presenting the company with specific challenges which required it to carry out detailed research and development to find solutions.   more...


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