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Friday, 05 October 2012 10:04

As always at their home fair, Azimut Yachts and Atlantis are flexing their muscles. Their impressive roster of 24 boats at the Genoa show includes 4 world premières and 3 models never before seen in Italy. - As ever, Azimut is sailing against the tide. At Genoa, with the Azimut Yachts and Atlantis brands, its exhibition space will be full to bursting in a major tour de force. The new craft to be unveiled are of various types and sizes: open, long-range and flybridge, from 10 to 26 metres. Atlantis is showing the new Atlantis 34, first unveiled in Cannes, from the Magellano Collection. Azimut presents the compact 43HT and its flagship model, the 76, while the flybridges on display include the mid-range Azimut 54 and the firm’s latest large pleasure boat, the Azimut 84.

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These will be accompanied by another 15 craft at the Azimut stand and no less than 4 in the sea-trials area.

With all their latest innovations, Azimut Yachts and Atlantis are firmly underlining their position as the leading brands in the world pleasure-boat sector. It has also broadened its range at both ends, from the smallest boats to the top ones. But it is not just for breadth of range that Azimut leads the market. The company also has the biggest and best-distributed sales network: after the recent agreements with Marina Estrella, the new Atlantis dealer in Spain, there are now as many as 74 official Azimut and Atlantis dealers in 120 countries worldwide.

Speaking about Azimut and Atlantis’s attendance at this year’s Show, Paolo Casani, CEO of Azimut Benetti Group, said: "Genoa is the ultimate Italian Boat Show. And we, who have built our business around Made in Italy quality, shall be there this year too with an impressive presence. With 4 world

premières Azimut Benetti Group is proving not only to be the world’s no. 1 pleasure-boat builder, with a highly comprehensive and attractive range, but also that its thirst for innovation and research remains unquenchable. And we want to say that in style in Genoa. In Italy.


AC World Series: ORACLE TEAM USA returns to action in San Francisco

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Thursday, 04 October 2012 17:08

ORACLE TEAM USA begins round two of racing in San Francisco Bay this week with the second America’s Cup World Series in the team’s hometown. The event runs October 2-7, and action for both ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL and ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS opens with the first two fleet races on Thursday, October 4 in San Francisco.

Jimmy Spithill and Russell Coutts will each be at the helm with a combination of familiar crew and new faces. Both will be aiming to defend titles as ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL claimed the fleet race overall win and ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS captured the match racing championship at the first America’s Cup World Series regatta of the season last month in San Francisco.

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Alpari WMRT: Williams Takes Tour Lead at Match Race France

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Tuesday, 02 October 2012 17:08

It was Williams’ fourth podium finish in five events this season which propels his GAC Pindar team to the top of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) standings as the Tour heads into its penultimate event next week.

Williams arrived in the Final off the back of a hard-fought Semi-Final victory against Keith Swinton. Light conditions delayed the race start, eventually forcing the Race Committee to shorten the Final to a ‘first to two points’ format. When the breeze finally kicked in for the first match, Williams’ team had clearly recovered from their epic Semi-Final, winning the start and gaining an almost immediate two boat length lead up to the first windward mark. From there on, Williams’ team closed the door on Tiller, maintaining enough of a lead to not get sucked into a tactical battle. 1-0 and Tiller was already facing sudden death.

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Alpari WMRT: Tiller the Suprise Package in Marseille

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Sunday, 30 September 2012 17:08

Having edged through the Qualifying round after a countback, Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket Racing recorded an impressive 3-1 win against Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Aggle Sailing Team in the Quarter Final. He then followed up with an outstanding 3-0 Semi Final victory over the form skipper of the event, Laurie Jury (NZL) Kiwi Match Racing, on the penultimate day of sailing.

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Alpari WMRT: Williams Steps Up a Gear

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Friday, 28 September 2012 17:08

After his progression through Qualifying at Match Race France went down to the wire, Ian Williams returned to form in his Quarter Final today as the challenge ended for home favourites Damien Iehl and Pierre-Antoine Morvan of France.

Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar put in a dominating performance to beat the reigning 2011 event Champion, Damien Iehl (FRA) Wind 2 Win in three straight matches. In the absence of Tour challenger Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team in the latter stages, Williams sees the regatta as an opportunity take top spot on the overall Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) leaderboard.

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Alpari WMRT: Hansen’s Early Exit Buoys Tour Challengers in Marseille

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Friday, 28 September 2012 17:08

Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team currently leads the overall standings but was unable to maintain his good form in Marseille, failing to reach the knockout stages after finishing Qualifying Session Two on 4-7. Hansen can now do little but hope that his nearest rivals in the Tour standings don’t overthrow him, saying: “We needed to make it to the Finals here to increase our own points tally for the season, which we knew would be tough. The important thing was stopping Ian [Williams] and the other guys close behind us from taking points by finishing ahead of us, which we now can’t do. That’s how it is.

“We just hope that the wildcards here and the guys not still in for the overall Tour title like Will Tiller, Damien [Iehl] and Simone Ferrarese do well and fill all those Semi Final spots here [at Match Race France]. Whatever happens between now and December, it’s going to be wide open at the Monsoon Cup.”

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Régates Royales: The 34th edition to start tomorrow

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Monday, 24 September 2012 17:08

The famous bay of La Napoule (French Riviera) is ready to welcome the 34th edition of the Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai. Tomorrow, Monday, some fifty Dragons will set in motion the week long regatta while a hundred classic yachts to start the “big party” organised by the Yacht Club de Cannes.

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ORACLE TEAM USA 17 Returns to Action

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Thursday, 20 September 2012 17:08

ORACLE TEAM USA 17 returned to the water today on the San Francisco Bay. A full team of sailors, engineers and designers ran the new AC72 through various tests, taking the next steps in preparing the boat to sail at full speed.

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