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If being made to sign a waiver before you hop on board Team New Zealand’s second super-sleek AC72, Aotearoa, isn’t enough to make one nervous, being thrown a helmet and oxygen bottle as you leave the chase boat certainly is. But in this brave new world of extreme sailing, even we reporters need to adjust. 


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Debris-strewn Transpac

by Adam Cort, Posted June 26, 2013

In addition to the usual hazards faced by offshore racers, competitors in this year’s Transpac Yacht Club’s LA-Honolulu Race found themselves dodging a surprising amount of debris as they navigated the 2,225-mile course.


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Skipper Yann Guichard and his brother Jacques both had to be airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital for treatment after the MOD70 trimaran Spindrift capsized during one of the inshore races of the Route de Princes race off Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. 


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Everything having to do with this year’s America’s Cup seems faster than ever—even the trickle-down effect. In April, as part of the Strictly Sail show in Oakland, California, the veteran multihull design firm Morrelli & Melvin—which helped write the AC72 rule and is a part of the Emirates Team New Zealand design team—revealed it already has a 45ft production foiling catamaran in the works. 


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Secrecy is as much a part of the America’s Cup as the “Auld Mug” itself, and AC34 has been no exception. That said, it’s hard to hide what you’re up to aboard a full-foiling catamaran; no more hiding your underwater appendages behind a skirt as you take the boat in and out of the water.


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