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It wasn’t necessarily the prettiest weekend of racing, but there was plenty of drama and more than a few surprises as Emirates Team New Zealand and Italy’s Luna Rossa both scored wins in the opening rounds of the Louis Vuitton Finals.
Preparations for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition in Rio are already well underway. After choosing the Mackay FX as the official boat for the women’s skiff, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced the remaining event and equipment selections for the next Summer Olympics.
Designed by Bill Short in 1959, the rugged 12-foot Pelican is ideal for the high wind and chop found on San Francisco Bay, where the boat once numbered in the dozens.

A Win Beyond Words

by Adam Cort, Posted September 26, 2013
Oracle USA and skipper Jim Spithill not only did the “impossible” in successfully defending the America’s Cup, but in the end they almost made it look easy —a feat that is all the more incredible given how far the team came in so little time.  
  Skipper Loick Peyron and his crew of 13 crossed the starting line between Ushant and Lizard Point on November 22 and averaged 26.51knots on their 29,000-mile voyage.
After finishing second in the past three legs, PUMA finally tasted victory in one of the most thrilling stretches of the entire Ocean Volvo Race. Less than 13 minutes separated PUMA and Telefónica as they both reached Itajai, Brazil, on April 6, having traveled over 6,700 miles from Auckland, New Zealand.
The International Sailing Federation has suffered serious backlash from the sailing community after eliminating windsurfing from the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and replacing it with kiteboarding. US Sailing has issued a statement establishing their support of the ISAF decision.
Ten yachts crewed by non-professional sailors returned from their 40,000-mile journey of 15 races to greetings from thousands of fans in Southampton, UK, on Sunday, July 22. 
This past month, Taylor Canfield became the second U.S. Virgin Islander, after Peter Holmberg, to win the Argo Group World Cup in Bermuda.
Vincent Riou of France surrendered his spot in the 2012 Vendee Globe Sunday morning, becoming the seventh skipper to retire from the race. After he collided with a FO (floating object) Saturday, Riou damaged his boat’s monohull and the shroud underneath his outrigger.
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