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Photos of the Day: Crewed Lightship I

March 27 - Gulf of the Farallones

For the second time in as many weeks, Bay Area racers headed out the Gate to round the Lightship, a buoy on the approach to the Gate where a real lightship used to mark the way in. This time, it was the first YRA race of the season, the OYRA's Crewed Lightship I (they'll be sending competitors out there again on July 29 in the Lightship II). We were indoors pounding away on keyboards finishing up the enormous April issue (coming out this Friday), but local photographer Erik Simonson was kind enough to share these images with us. Results are already posted on the YRA Web site at www.yra.org.

Photos Erik Simonson/www.h2oshots.com

BMW ORACLE Launches USA 87

March 27 - Valencia, Spain

USA 87 is offloaded from an Antonov cargo plane in Valencia.
Photo BMW ORACLE Racing

BMW ORACLE Racing is doing the America's Cup in style. Along with the launch of USA 87 today, they launched a huge merchandise collection and officially opened a theme park . . . otherwise known as a 'team base'. The base is over 60,000 square feet and features "world-class hospitality for team VIP guests, a public interactive center, a gymnasium and team facilities for running a two-boat America's Cup program." The team partnered with Henri Lloyd to introduce an extensive line of BMW ORACLE Racing clothing, all of which will be available to buy at the on-site store or online at www.bmworacleracing.com.

Corona del Mar to Cabo Race is Underway

March 27 - Corona del Mar

The start of the 2006 Corona del Mar to Cabo San Lucas Race
Photo Balboa Yacht Club

The 791-mile race from Corona del Mar to Cabo San Lucas kicked off on Friday, March 24, with the higher handicap boats starting 24 hours ahead of the lower handicap boats. The 23 boats in four classes are expected to start arriving in Cabo sometime tomorrow. The same transceivers used in the Puerto Vallarta race are being used in this one, and anyone interested should be able to track each boat's progress at www.fistracking.com/cdm/index.html. For current standings - and frequent updates from the race committee - go to www.balboayachtclub.com.

Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race Will Start on April 2

March 27 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brasil 1 nearly makes contact as ABN AMRO Two squeaks by.
Photo Oskar Kihlborg

The in-port racing on Guanabara Bay is over, and ABN AMRO One yet again led the pack, earning them another 3.5 points. Paul Cayard's Pirates of the Caribbean held on to second place for most of it but a serious sail handling problem dropped them to dead last. The teams now have a week to get ready for Leg 5, which will start on April 2 and take them the 5,000 miles to Baltimore. Of course anything can happen in the next five legs but, with ABN AMRO One's gigantic lead, it's looking more and more like this will be a race for second place. Here's the current leaderboard - check out www.volvooceanrace.org to stay up-to-date.

1. ABN AMRO One, Mike Sanderson (NZL) 52.5 pts
2. ABN AMRO Two, Sebastien Josse (FRA) 36.5 pts
3. Pirates of the Caribbean, Paul Cayard (USA) 31.5 pts
4. Movistar, Bouwe Bekking (NED) 31.0 pts
5. Brasil 1, Torben Grael (BRA) 28.5 pts
6. Ericsson Racing Team, John Kostecki (USA) 23.5 pts

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