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Post America's Cup race
I just wanted to remind everyone that the 32nd America's Cup race will occur this year (2007) off the coast of Valencia, Spain. Currently the Louis Vuitton Cup is being conducted to select the challenger to race against the defending Alinghi (Switzerland) team from June 23-July 4.

I seemed to have become interested in this event just as the domination by the American teams was ending but I still follow the races closely every four years. Although these yachts are far from a square-rigged ship, there is something wonderful watching them flying across the waves like giant ocean-bound birds.

Since the trails are underway, check your local sports pages for current standings. Combatants are: USA, New Zealand, Italy (3 teams), Spain, Sweden, South Africa, France, Germany, and China.

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Post Re: America's Cup race
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Currently the Louis Vuitton Cup is being conducted to select the challenger to race against the defending Alinghi (Switzerland) team from June 23-July 4.



.... for UK viewers, this is being shown on Sky - the satellite station. I was only commenting to my hubby this morning that I should like to watch it; that is when we can tear ourselves away from the cricket! ;)

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The USA team won the first round of the challenger trials and round two has just begun. I failed to mention that, since Switzerland is land-locked, the trials and the America's Cup race are being held just off the coast of Valencia, Spain (Med. side). Thus, these yachts will be plowing through waters sailed by many of the naval officers that we have been reading about here. Its thrilling to think about that!

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Post Louis-Vuitton Challenge
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The USA team won the first round of the challenger trials...
This needs correction -- while the USA team was ahead at the end of Round Robin 1, there is no winner as such.

The 11 teams race in two Round Robin series (earning two points per win) and the four teams with the most points after both round robins are completed will compete in the semi-finals. This is a best of nine series.

The resulting two teams will race (best of nine) in the finals.

The resulting winner of this Louis-Vuitton Challenge will meet the Alinghi (Switzerland) team in the America's Cup race.

As of today (May 4th, 2007), the four leading teams are: USA, Italy (Luna Rossa), New Zealand, and Spain. This is subject to change as they have just begun the 2nd round robin races. The boat from Sweden is not far behind the leaders.

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Post Re: Louis-Vuitton Challenge
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The 11 teams race in two Round Robin series (earning two points per win) and the four teams with the most points after both round robins are completed will compete in the semi-finals.

The round robin matches to determine the challenger have been completed. The four teams that advance to the semifinals and the match-ups are as follows:

New Zealand vs. Spain
USA vs. Italy (Luna Rossa)

These will be best-of-nine matches to determine the two teams to enter the challenger finals. They start Monday, May 14, 2007.

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Wed May 09, 2007 6:04 pm
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The number of challengers were reduced this week to just two. Spain and USA (rats!) were eliminated in the semi-finals and now it remains for New Zealand and Italy (Luna Rossa) to battle it out for the opportunity to meet the current holder of the Cup: Alinghi (Switzerland).

With New Zealand racing so well, it is possible for there to be a rematch of the Swiss and Kiwi teams, with the roles reversed from the last America's Cup.

On the British side, it looks like the UK will be challenging for the Cup in 2011. The successful Alinghi design team has sold one of their boats to a UK group: Team Origin.

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Wed May 23, 2007 6:50 pm
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Race update --

The Kiwi team (Emirates Team New Zealand) easily defeated (5-0) the Italian team (Luna Rossa Challenge) to secure the challenger title to race the Suiss team (Alinghi) in this year's America's Cup race.

The cup race will begin on June 23, 2007 off the coast of Valencia, Spain (weather permitting, of course).

Four years ago, the challenger Suiss team defeated the defending New Zealand team. This year, these same two teams meet again, but in reversed roles.

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Thu Jun 07, 2007 1:19 am
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timoneer wrote:
The cup race will begin on June 23, 2007 off the coast of Valencia, Spain (weather permitting, of course).

Four years ago, the challenger Suiss team defeated the defending New Zealand team. This year, these same two teams meet again, but in reversed roles.

Just a quick reminder that the race begins this Saturday.

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Wed Jun 20, 2007 10:56 am
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The Swiss boat beat the New Zealand boat earlier today and now leads the America's Cup race by 1-0 in the race to 5 (best of 9) contest.

New Zealand had a slightly better start but the Swiss boat almost immediately took the lead and eventually won by 35 seconds.

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Post Drama at this year's America's Cup races.
Drama at this year's America's Cup races.

With the win yesterday, skipper Brad Butterworth has now won 16 straight America's Cup races, which must be some kind of record.

Butterworth skippered the New Zealand boat in 1995 which defeated the American entry 5-0. He then skippered the New Zealand boat in the following race and, you guessed it, won 5-0. Then he and a number of other New Zealand team members left their team and joined the Swiss team. Butterworth and his mixed Swiss team then upset the defending New Zealand team 5-0 in the last America's Cup. Now the Swiss team with Butterworth at the helm is 1-0.

BTW, the fact that Butterworth and other Kiwis are racing and beating their own country's boat has been quite upsetting to their fellow New Zealanders. They have been receiving death threats and lots of abuse in the media. Each win by the Swiss boat just adds to the clamor.

The next race is today, weather permitting, and then there is an off-day Monday.

Man, I really love to see those sleek boats fly across the water!

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Well, folks, looks like its a boat race after all!!!

New Zealand tied the best of 9 series today by beating the Swiss by 28 seconds (total race time was about an hour and a half). The score is now 1-1 and tomorrow is an off day.

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Since the last update, New Zealand went up 2-1 yesterday and then the Suiss boat tied it at 2-2 today (in their race to 5). Look like this America's Cup will be a close one! The teams have a rest day tomorrow but I somehow doubt if anyone, on either team, will be relaxing!

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Post Suiss successfully defend the America's Cup
The Suiss team (Alinghi) won the 32nd America's Cup race earlier today. They defeated New Zealand by one second to take the cup 5 wins to 2 losses to the Kiwi's.

The race today was about 85 minutes, so a win by one second was mighty close.

Oh, well, now I have to wait another four years for the next one! Rats!

I'm pulling for USA to win the next one and UK to challenge after that so that the America's Cup returns to the original two teams. Now that would be wonderful. Of course, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Australia may have different ideas. :D

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Post 33rd America's Cup in 2010
Just a heads up for everyone that the 33rd America's Cup race is coming up soon. I am disappointed that most of the time since the last race has been spent in courtrooms. Because of that, the 33rd is significantly different from the last.

The beautiful single hull vessels have been replaced with multi-hulls. Alinghi, the Swiss defender, will be racing a gigantic catamaran and the BMW Oracle team, the USA Challenger, will be using a 90 feet long by 90 feet wide trimaran. This trimaran will have a (190 feet tall) solid fixed sail rather than a billowing cloud of real sail.

The USA challenger was not selected via a series of races as it was last time but through the courtroom.

Diesel engines are now allowed on board to bend (trim) the sail (as well as power the electronics). The manpower that trimmed in the past ("grinders") have been eliminated. The American crew was reduced by eight. No longer will you see these guys grinding away to re-trim after a tack.

Currently, the race is set to begin on February 8, 2010 off the coast of Valencia, Spain. However, the date and location is being decided in (what else) a courtroom as we speak. Currently, it will be a best of three, but some have suggested a best of seven.

The website below says that, due to the high tech nature of such boats, the helm probably will not be manned by the skippers, but by specialists. The skippers may not even be aboard.

All this makes me sad. :(

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33rd America's Cup Race Teams

Below are links to the home pages of the two teams that will be sailing in the February 2010 America's Cup.

Alinghi (Defender)

BMW Oracle (Challenger)

There are some very interesting photos of the boats at sail on each website.

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