Saturday, April 21, 2007

Louis Vuitton RR1 Upset 1

Racing of LV RR! finally got underway this afternoon in a light easterly of about 7 knots. Immediately we had some exceptional racing on our hands with Mascalzone Latino gaining the upper hand at the start in their match against Emirates Team New Zealand. Mascalzone did a great job defending their lead up the first beat to round the top mark 27 seconds ahead but the ever fast TNZ pulled them in down the run to round the starboard gate mark right on the stern of Mascalzone. Then Mascalzone kept it simple and protected the right side of the course and therefore the starboard advantage to lead by 20seconds at the second top mark. TNZ were first to gybe away down the run but Mascalzone extended played it safe and stayed between the opposition and the finish. Mascolzone win by 29 seconds.

There will be upsets in this challenger elimination so hold on to your seats it'll be a bumpy ride!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Yendys Sydney Southport Slide

Here's some even better footage from on board the new R/P55 Yendys steaming her way to Southport! Check out the waves in this video - they are massive! And the crew have grins on their face equally as big!

LV RR1 Day 4 Cancelled - AGAIN!!

For the fourth day in a row, racing was cancelled in the Louis Vuitton Challenger Elimination RR1. Although Valencia did put on a little tease around 4pm with the breeze topping out at a huge 7 knots on the south course. It seems the Challenger Elimination is about to be in TURMOIL and you would have to say that Alinghi are just sitting back enjoying the mess about to unfold.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Valencia in better times

Racing in the LV RR1 was cancelled again today due to a lack of wind (it was a total glass out). This is the third day in a row! Everyone and I mean everyone will be wondering what the hell they are doing in Valencia!
Here's some photos of some cup boats actually sailing!

Alinghi out in front again

Areva cross Prada (with dude up the rig)

Practice start prior to Act 13

Quantum Racing Sydney Southport Ride

Here's some video of the Cookson 50 Quantum Racing sliding her way to Southport. These guys reported speeds over 30 knots during this 384nm sprint north.

Monday, April 02, 2007

America's Cup Unveiling Day

We are currently in Valencia and had the opportunity today to see the latest America's Cup yachts "naked". Here are a few photos from today's unveiling in the Port America's Cup.

Team China

Mascalzone Boom

Team Shosholoza - RSA83

Team Shosholoza - Keel & Bulb

Victory Challenge - Red Bull Logo

Victory Challenge - SWE92

Desafío Español - ESP88 & 97

Desafío Español - Keel & Bulb

ETNZ - NZL84 & 92

NZL92 Bulb

BMW Oracle - USA87 & 98
USA98 - Keel & Bulb
USA98 Bulb