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Riding a BIG Whirlwind

by Peter Nielsen, Posted February 25, 2010
Like a Tornado on steroids, the all-carbon-fiber Extreme 40 catamaran weighs virtually nothing and goes in a matter of seconds from merely scarily fast to oh-my-god-we’re-going-over.

Americans got a taste of them a couple of years ago when the Extreme fleet put on a barnstorming sailing exhibition during the Baltimore stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Imagine the same kind of


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The America's Cup Comes Home

by Adam Cort, Posted February 23, 2010
The America’s Cup is back in the United States. The oldest trophy in international sports arrived in San Francisco late last week, following BMW Oracle’s win over Alinghi in two straight races in Valencia, Spain.

The trophy flew first class from Valencia, accompanied by members of the BMW Oracle racing team, for a “victory tour” in the United States.

After touching down last Friday in


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Volvo Sets Route for 2011-12

by Adam Cort, Posted February 23, 2010
The course for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race, due to start from Alicante in Spain in the autumn of 2011, is now set and the first port of call will be Cape Town, South Africa, making its eighth appearance as host to this premier ocean race.

This marks the beginning of the port announcement process for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. Organizers will reveal the rest of the course around the


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Some Final Thoughts from Valencia

by Ian Campbell, Posted February 19, 2010
Like many others who had been closely involved with a team that competed in the 32nd America’s Cup in Valencia in 2007, I returned to the Spanish city to watch the 33rd Cup match, this time as an outside observer. At SAIL’s request I had run some Velocity Prediction Programs (VPPs) on both boats and the FULL STORY

The Guts Behind the Gear

by Charles Mason, Posted February 18, 2010
Harken has been supplying gear to America’s Cup competitors since the early 1970s, and been providing the winch and hardware packages for both challenger and defender since the 1995 match. “As you would expect, the Cup match in Valencia was very interesting,” says Harken’s Global Manager, Mark Wiss. Harken supplied the batten car systems for all three masts BMW Oracle developed for their soft
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Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Adil Khalid on his Second VOR

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