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Racing yachts

  Racing yachts try to reduce the wetted surface area (which creates drag) by keeping the hull light whilst having a deep and heavy bulb keel, allowing them to support a tall mast with a great sail area. Modern designs tend to have a very wide beam, with a flat bottom, to provide buoyancy preventing an excessive heel angle. Speeds of up to 40 mph can be obtained in good conditions.

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Four days have passed since the 32nd edition of the America’s Cup Mach has begun, and the winner is still insecure. Who will claim this year trophy? Last year’s winner Alinghi or their challenger Emirates Team New Zealand? We’ll have to wait at least three more races to find out. Or maybe five races! I think I’m going to bet on five races! The stake is too high so booth teams will fight until the end of the night race, and maybe after that, who knows? This won’t be the last year when we’ll be (...)
Source: www.americascup.com
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For two months the Defender, Alinghi, has been watching the challengers develop and get stronger through the Louis Vuitton Cup. Now it is time for Alinghi to show whether it has what it takes to hold on to the trophy. From 23rd June until 7th of July Alinghi will race against Emirates Team New Zealend for the 32nd America’s Cup. Today, 7th June, Emirates Team New Zealand received the Louis Vuitton Cup after winning the fifth race of the Final against Luna Rossa Challenge. The Emirates (...)
Source: www.americascup.com
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BMW ORACLE Racing and Desafío Español faced "must win" races on Sunday at the Louis Vuitton Cup. The Spanish won and live to race another day. The Americans lost and have been eliminated from the Louis Vuitton Cup. The American team took to the water with a new skipper in Gavin Brady and new helmsman in Sten Mohr as previous skipper/helmsman Chris Dickson stepped off the boat. But it didn’t change the result - Luna Rossa Challenge led around the race track again, sealing the series (...)
Source: www.americascup.com
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May 15 Yesterday BMW ORACLE Racing earned one of the great comebacks in the 32nd America’s Cup, beating Luna Rossa Challenge after trailing by as much as 58 seconds at the first windward mark. The American team was 14 seconds behind at the beginning of the final run, but made a great pass down the left hand side of the race course, streaking past what appeared to be a slower Italian boat. In the other pairing, Emirates Team New Zealand won the start off Desafío Español 2007 and extended away (...)
Source: www.americascup.com
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It was a difficult day to be an after guard member at the Louis Vuitton Cup on Monday. The first races of the Semi Finals saw an offshore breeze that varied from eight to 18 knots in strength and shifted by nearly 180 degrees. In fact, on the final run, the boats started under spinnaker and finished under genoa, tacking for the finishing line. The crews on Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge figured out the tricky conditions best, drawing first blood in the ‘first to five’ (...)
Source: www.americascup.com
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Luis Vuitton Cup Round Robin 2 has ended and only four best teams qualify for the semi finals: Emirates Team New Zealand, BMW ORACLE Racing, Luna Rossa Challenge and Desafío Español 2007. After tree weeks and a half whit no wind, storms and hard racing the four semi finalists have on their disposal four days to prepare to fight for a place in the final. Each day there is one race for each pair of Semi Finalists. This phase of the event can last between just five days, in the case of a 5–0 (...)
Source: www.americascup.com
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At her first participation in the Antigua Sailing Week, Indio collected three of the most important trophies of the regatta: First place Overall of the Performance Cruiser Fleet (50 yachts) First place in her class Performance Cruiser I (12 yachts) Best Elapsed Time Performance Cruiser Fleet (50 yachts) Right from the first day of the regatta, Indio proved to be the yacht to beat: despite having the highest rating of the whole cruising fleet, she won in real and corrected time by a (...)
Source: www.wally.com
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Date: May 8 2007 08:06 GMT Position: 49’ 43"S 173’ 31"E Speed: 11.1 knots Course: 288 Degrees true Wind conditions: SW 14 knots British round the world yachtsman Tony Bullimore reported today that rigging problems aboard his 102 ft. catamaran Doha have forced him to slow right down while he effects repairs. In a brief message relayed back to Team Bullimore’s Press Office, Tony said that conditions were now light, and he was about to make repairs to the 112 ft. rig. "There (...)
Source: www.teambullimore.com
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May 5 On Saturday, the home team, Desafío Español 2007, took advantage of an earlier Jury ruling which ordered a re-sail of its match against Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team. The Spanish team won its second come-from-behind match of the day, beating Mascalzone Latino in the re-sail, following a win over Shosholoza in their Flight 7 contest. With the two wins, Desafío Español earns four points, extending its lead for a critical top four position on the leader board to five points over the (...)
Source: www.americascup.com
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Campbell Reynolds/David Best (Esoterica) crossed, today, the finish line of the double handed 2007 Melbourne Osaka yacht race, bringing the event to an end. Esoterica, a comfortable Martz 46, finished in 12th place on line on May 7 with an elapsed time of 43 days 04 hours 16 minutes 35 seconds, the last yacht to finish the race, a little over 10 days behind the winner Alex and more than two days behind the 10th and 11th finishers, Ingenue and Wild Bar. Reynolds and Best declared to (...)
Source: www.osakacup.com

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