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Excuse me Sir, do you have 100 million euros to spare?

Posted on 27 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

According to this report from New Zealand’s 3 News and Ben Ainslie’s comment, taking part in the 34th America’s Cup will come with a price tag of at least 100 million euros, if you are serious about beating BMW Oracle.

As for Emirates Team New Zealand, its managing director Grant Dalton can’t guarantee whether they will be able to get all the money needed but he does state he’s moving at an “incredible speed”. Securing 100 million euros over the next 3 years will not be an easy task, according to the report, and it is “a lot of money for anyone”, according to Ben Ainslie. As a result, this edition of the world’s oldest sports trophy could be “a lot smaller” than before.

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Video: Dean Barker talks about the first day of racing in Cagliari

Posted on 22 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Dean Barker talks about day 1 of the Region of Sardinia Trophy. Cagliari, 21 September 2010. Video copyright Emirates Team New Zealand

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Video: Highlights from day 1 of the Region of Sardinia Trophy

Posted on 22 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Highlights from day 1 of the Region of Sardinia Trophy. Cagliari, 21 September 2010. Video copyright AUDI Medcup

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Video: Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena – Final Match 1

Posted on 06 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Highlights from Final Match 1 of the Louis Vuitton Trophy. La Maddalena, 5 June 2010. Video copyright Louis Vuitton Trophy

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Video: Highlights from Day 11 of the Louis Vuitton Trophy la Maddalena

Posted on 02 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Highlights from Day 11 of the Louis Vuitton Trophy. La Maddalena, 1 June 2010. Video copyright Louis Vuitton Trophy

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Emirates Team NZ beat BMW Oracle in day’s only race

Posted on 30 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Emirates Team NZ] Dean Barker won his re-match against BMW Oracle Racing in fine style on Sunday, forcing a red-flag penalty just before the third mark that decided the outcome of the match.

BMW Oracle took the penalty immediately but the umpires ruled that they had not completed the turn. That meant another shot at it and the loss of more ground as Emirates Team New Zealand powered away down the run to the finish, crossing 54s ahead.

The penalty put the result of what had been a close race beyond any doubt. With the wind at 20knots but the water flat, there was nothing in it for the first two legs. Emirates Team New Zealand led around the first and second marks but the margins were small – just 6s at both.

Emirates Team New Zealand and BMW Oracle in a luffing match on the second beat of their re match, the Americans were given an immediate penalty. La Maddalena, 30 May 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

Approaching the third mark, with the yachts almost bow to bow, Dean Barker forced a penalty on BMW Oracle which emerged from the tussle in a controlling position.

The umpires made it a “red flag” penalty which meant BMW Oracle had to make the turn immediately. The umpires ruled that they did not complete the turn and they had to do another once they rounded.

The match was a re-sail of the match that ended in controversy when the umpires penalised Emirates Team New Zealand. The team protested the circumstances surrounding the penalty and, although redress was denied, the umpires and the jury recommended to the race committee that the race be abandoned.

Today’s race was the only one of six scheduled to be raced on Sunday. The building mistral wind brought a premature halt to racing. Racing tomorrow has been cancelled because the mistral will again dominate the weather.

Emirates Team New Zealand beat the Defender of the 34th America’s Cup. La Maddalena, 30 May 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

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Video: Highlights from Day 8 of the Louis Vuitton Trophy la Maddalena

Posted on 30 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Highlights from Day 8 of the Louis Vuitton Trophy. La Maddalena, 29 May 2010. Video copyright Louis Vuitton Trophy

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Field closes up at Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena

Posted on 29 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Louis Vuitton Trophy] Just one point separates the top five boats at the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena after an eventful program of five races sailed today in fresh breezes.

Russia’s SYNERGY Racing Team and the Swedish team Artemis share the top of the point’s table, each with five points. Emirates Team New Zealand, Britain’s TEAMORIGIN and the French/German team All4One are all equal third on four points.

The Artemis genaker pole goes overboard during the takedown, breaks and drags the genaker under the boat. La Maddalena, 29 May 2010. Photo copyright Paul Todd/outsideimages.co.nz/Louis Vuitton Trophy

With two days’ competition remaining in the round robin, the pressure began to tell in strong winds this afternoon as Sweden’s Artemis broke a gennaker pole and shredded a gennaker, and a jib began to self-destruct on Emirates Team New Zealand. Both top teams lost their respective races.

The Artemis breakdown was self-inflicted. The Swedish boat skippered by Paul Cayard was pushing to overtake the Russian boat when the pole went overboard, triggering a sequence that saw it trip and explode into pieces before dragging the sail under the boat. Artemis retired. On the Team New Zealand boat, racing All4One, the hapless Kiwis could only watch as the head of their jib began to split in 20 knot winds.

The Kiwis had more success off the water, at least temporarily when the Race Committee gave them a reprieve by ordering a resail of their race yesterday against BMW Oracle Racing. In another twist, the Jury tonight will hear an appeal by Oracle against the resail decision.

Emirates Team New Zealand jib starts to come apart on the first beat in their round robin match against All4One. La Maddalena, 29 May 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

The dispute hinges on a safety order issued yesterday telling teams to maintain tension on forestays during spinnaker runs. After an umpires’ protest and a jury decision denied Team New Zealand any chance of a win in their match against Oracle, the organizers relented today, withdrew the safety order and ordered the resail.

Flight Seventeen, Race Two: TEAMORIGIN def. Luna Rossa, 00:37 – They started at speed on starboard with Britain’s TEAMORIGIN bow-out in the leeward berth. Ed Baird steering Luna Rossa was forced away early on port as Ben Ainslie on ORIGIN sailed into more pressure and continued to pull ahead.

Flight Six, Race Two: Azzurra def. SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team, 00:15 – Italy’s Francesco Bruni pulled off a breathtakingly close port cross on the first leg to defeat SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team. On the second beat there were 17 punishing tacks up the 1.2-mile leg but Synergy skipper Karol Jablonski, on the right, could never gain enough ground to get past Bruni.

Flight Twentythree, Race One: Artemis def. Azzurra, 00:15 – Saddled with a penalty in the pre-start Francesco Bruni and his Italian Azzurra team stayed on the attack and took the fight to the Swedish team Artemis around all four legs as the lead changed multiple times. However the Italians were trailing Terry Hutchinson and Artemis by 100 metres at the finish and they were still carrying the penalty.

Flight Eighteen, Race One: SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team def. Artemis, retired – A spinnaker pole overboard at the end of the second run dragged Artemis to oblivion, breaking the pole and shredding the Swedish boat’s spinnaker.

The Artemis genaker pole goes overboard during the takedown, breaks and drags the genaker under the boat. La Maddalena, 29 May 2010. Photo copyright Paul Todd/outsideimages.co.nz/Louis Vuitton Trophy

Flight Twenty, Race Two: All4One def. Emirates Team New Zealand, 00:21 – The French/German boat started ahead in the middle of the line on starboard, just ahead of the Kiwis on their weather hip. All4One helmsman Sébastien Col gradually inched ahead and his lead increased as the jib on ETNZ began to self-destruct.

Emirates Team New Zealand replace the torn jib with the backup jib on the first run in their round robin match against All4One . La Maddalena, 29 May 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

Provisional win-loss leaderboard after Saturday racing:

=1. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 5-4, 5 points
=1. Artemis, 5-2, 5 points
=3. Emirates Team New Zealand, 4-2, 4 points

=3. TEAMORIGIN, 4-3, 4 points
=3. All4One, 4-3, 4 points

=6. Azzurra, 3-4, 3 points

=6. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 4-1, 3 points *

=8. Luna Rossa, 2-6, 2 points
=9. BMW Oracle Racing Team, 1-5, 1 point
=10. ALEPH Sailing Team, 2-4, -2 points *

* Penalties deducted by Jury/Umpires

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