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What began in Auckland, New Zealand, as a highly anticipated leg involving six well-equipped boats has dwindled down to a two-boat race. Less than 700 miles from the finish in Itajai, Brazil, Groupama suffered a broken mast and suspended their race to assess the full extent of the damage. 
The International Sailing Federation has ruled that four-time British Olympic medalist Ben Ainslie was guilty of “gross misconduct” when he assaulted the crew of a media boat during December’s ISAF World Sailing Championships in Perth, Australia.
Emirates Team New Zealand unveiled and launched their AC72 on Saturday night in front of a crowd of more than 6,000 cold spectators (remember, its winter down there).
Josh Adams, US Sailing’s new Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing and former publisher of SAIL Magazine, was awarded the SAIL Industry Leadership Award on October 4, 2012.

Early Drama in the Vendée

by Adam Cort, Posted November 19, 2012
A little over a week into the 2012-13 Vendée Globe, with the doldrums still ahead of much of the fleet, and already the field of 20 has been reduced by four, with a fifth looking to be in serious trouble.
Vendée Globe skipper Jean-Pierre Dick’s hope of placing third was crushed Monday when his boat, Virbac-Paprec 3, suddenly lost its entire 4-ton keel just before midnight.

Volvo Comes to Newport

by Adam Cort, Posted April 8, 2013
The 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race is fast taking shape, with a U.S. stopover set to take place in Newport, Rhode Island, in May 2015.

AC34: Who is Larry Ellison?

by Julian Guthrie, Posted June 27, 2013
For a number of years, Larry Ellison, the co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corp., has been an enigma. With a personal net worth of around $40 billion, his life is outsized, whether he’s running a company with 120,000 employees, pursuing the America’s Cup, or buying the entire Hawaiian island of Lanai.
The weather may not have been the best, but on October 16, during a rainy, light-air day off Hawaii, U.S. sailor Bora Gulari did what no American has been able to do in over half a century—win a second International Moth World Championship.
It was a textbook Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race this past Boxing Day: sunshine for the start in Sydney, followed by a nice snotty gale in the Bass Strait by Day 4...
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