By Kimball Livingston
The surprise decision to remove the rating limit from the Transpacific Yacht Race, only four months ahead of the 2007 race, comes at the end of a season of open rumors that Roy Disney's team had found a loophole in the Transpac rule and were planning to put a new, ABN AMRO-like back end on the MaxZ 86, Pyewacket, to exploit it.
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Hide and Seek: Spies come in from the coldAfter the 31st America’s Cup in 2003, when Alinghi snatched the trophy from Team New Zealand, the talk was all about spying, leaking, and under-the-table deals. The scene in Valencia, Spain, where the 32nd America’s Cup is being held, is happily different.
The protocol set out between Alinghi, as defender, and BMW Oracle, as challenger
Time to EVOLVE?: Pressing for an America’s Cup circuitIf the sailors have their way, we could see a very different America’s Cup in the future. First we have to get through America’s Cup 32, this year in Valencia. And then?During the Allianz Cup, a World Match Racing Tour event sailed in October on San Francisco Bay, America’s America’s Cup challenger, Larry
The Pressure Rises: Development time runs outLife is changing for the play-ers in the 2007 America’s Cup. The leading teams look to February as the month to wrap up final training in Dubai (Switzerland’s defender, Alinghi, and Sweden’s Victory Challenge) or Auckland (Emirates Team New Zealand and America’s BMW Oracle). Then the sailors get one final break before