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.... starts tomorrow and team EmiratesNewZealand are on a flyer.

For those (like me) who are into sailing, it's bloody brilliant!

SkySports3 1.30pm

Bring it on!!!!!!!! smile

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Hello Sailor bisou

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Is no man safe around here?

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Originally Posted By: Moo
Is no man safe around here?



Not when cantos is on the prowl wink

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fck you all.... I'm now ready for the first race in 20mins... just a shame Russel Coutts isn't still with Alingi.... to see him choke when the Kiwi's triumph and take their trophy back would have been quite a sight.

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Ben Ainslie dropped from the Kiwi's.

The Suisse decide to go with 101(The rocket ship!).

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Oh well, 1 nil to Alingi and not a lot of ideas cominf out of the black boat.

Personally I think this will not be a white wash.....

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Get in!!!! The Kiwi's square the series with a sublime 2nd lap, taking full advantage of the good conditions and proving they have the pace to mach and if not better the suisse dingy!

Well done the black boat.

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Black boat???? Isn't that racist in this PC world???? Cue Uncle Urchin! laugh

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So I suppose the Kiwi's calling their teams:

All Blacks - Rugby Union
Black Caps - Cricket
Black Sticks - Hockey
Tall Blacks - Basketball

Are all racist too then eh?

And don't tell me, them calling their Netball team the Silver Ferns is also racist to robots eh?

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Ok, It's nearly time for race three.... it's gonna be a corker I tell you.

Now I just need to find a pub that isn't showing Timbledon!

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Good luck on that one!......The only thing that doesn't stop for Wimbledon.........Is the rain!

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Yeah - I think I'll watch it online.... suddenly everyone's a fekkin tennis fan again!

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Originally Posted By: American FLEET FAN No1
Good luck on that one!......The only thing that doesn't stop for Wimbledon.........Is the rain!


Centre Court has a roof now..Tim starts in a moment

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I didn't think the roof was working yet?

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...........As long as Tim Henman works........

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Who cares about Henman when you can have a race like that:

The lead changing hands, men overboard, mistakes and tension.

It's the oldest cup and still one of the best.

Get in the Kiwis.

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I love sailing,but it is no where near as good as tonights the night.

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cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooock!

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For those that are interested.

Taken from www.stuff.co.nz

Team New Zealand's nail-biting victory over defenders Alinghi early today is already being talked about as one of the greatest yacht races in the America's Cup's 156-year history.


The 25-second win, which took Team NZ 2-1 up in the best-of-nine series off Valencia, had everything and more.

In light and shifty seven to nine-knot winds, the seesawing battle provided a roller-coaster of emotions for sailors and spectators alike, as both crews established and then threw away big leads.

The New Zealanders at one stage held a huge advantage of more than 350m but saw that cut to nothing after they had a man overboard and then got their sails tangled.

Behind on the final downwind leg in a dying breeze, Team NZ got the decisive windshift to overtake Alinghi with the finish line in sight.

So astonishing was the contest in its ebb and flow that the international media showed their appreciation by bursting into applause at the start of the post-race news conference.

British yachting correspondent Bob Fisher, who has reported on every America's Cup since 1967, put it at No 2 in his list of all-time greatest races.

Only the decider in the 1983 series, when the wing-keeled Australia 2 came from behind to beat the Dennis Conner-skippered Liberty to win 4-3 and end the New York Yacht Club's 132-year hold on the Auld Mug, ranked higher.

"It compares very well with any race that has ever been and falls perhaps into second place," Fisher said.

"It is clouded by only one other, and that was the seventh race in 1983, because there was so much hanging on that. The whole outcome of the cup was on that."

Fisher described what unfolded on the Mediterranean in race three between Alinghi and Team NZ as "stunning".

He counted seven lead changes and didn't think he had seen so many before.

America's Cup Management media director Marcus Hutchinson referred to "an epic day".

"I think we are all agree we are witnessing without question the best America's Cup series since 83," he said.

"How do you summarise a race like that? It had everything."





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