Racing

Breathless. Valencia Update, Monday

by Sail Staff, Posted February 8, 2010
You've probably heard that we have here at the America's Cup the two fastest, most technologically advanced large yachts ever built. And you've probably heard that it takes but a breath of wind to drive them at speeds most people have never experienced under sail. Sadly, there was no such breath of wind on the Med today, or none sufficient for building a racecourse. We are left remembering why
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AC Update: Sunday

by Kimball Livingston, Posted February 7, 2010
Both boats left the dock early on Sunday. At dawn.

I said a few columns back that I knew the race was on when I saw a TV schedule. There would be no moving the date now, and here we are counting down by hours instead of days and suddenly the room is jumping and there are TV people walking around the media center sticking microphones into reporters' faces—if you can't talk to a sailor, cover


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Wishful Thinking

by Kimball Livingston, Posted February 6, 2010
I have a theory, soon to be tested, that the 33rd defense of America's Cup launched and lived as an exercise in wishful thinking.

That you could farm-raise a pet challenger. (Sorry, CNEV)

That Larry Ellison's hostile alternative challenge would blow away. (Not yet)

That you could turn down a compromise offer and no one would remember. (October 2007)

That you wouldn't have


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We Predict the Winner

by Ian Campbell, Posted February 5, 2010
Will Alinghi’s catamaran, A5, or BMW/Oracle’s trimaran, BOR 90, be the faster boat in the 33rd America’s Cup Deed of Gift match? There are strong opinions on both sides.

Despite the secrecy that is part of every America’s Cup, we used data collected on both boats by SAIL and then applied it to the Wolfson Unit’s velocity prediction programs (VPP), in particular the


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Are You Scared?

by Kimball Livingston, Posted February 5, 2010
Ah, Valencia, city of Calatrava.

City of Festivals.

Birthplace of paella.

Home to America's Cup 33.

The announced plans for Saturday included an Owner's Press Conference conference with the two major players in the same room—Ernesto Bertarelli the Defender and Larry Ellison the Challenger—which sounded like a photo op for a wide lens. Better make that a


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