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Holiday Racing Wrap-up

The Stan Honey-navigated Investec Loyal stays between Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI and the finish on the Derwent River. © Daniel Forester/Rolex The Bay’s Stan Honey may have added another impressive honor to his lengthy resume: elapsed-time honors in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. More »

Groupama Sends It, Banque Pop Slips

Iker Martinez’ Telefonica crashes through the Indian Ocean in pursuit of Franck Cammas’Groupama 4. © 2011 Diego Fructoso Telefonica/Volvo In Monday’s ‘Lectronic Latitude, we told you about Franck Cammas’ and Jean-Luc Nelias’ big gamble to get around the trough that plagued the Volvo Ocean Race fleet for the better part of three days. More »

Sanya Dumped From VOR

Franck Cammas’ Groupama 4 is blasting north now, after a big detour south in Leg Two of the Volvo Ocean Race. © Yann Riou/Groupama/Volvo Despite only having a six-boat fleet, the Volvo Ocean Race isn’t lacking for excitement. More »

Help for Struggling Shoppers

Like it or not, a huge part of celebrating Christmas — as well as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa — revolves around gift giving. And for many shoppers the biggest challenge is to give something meaningful. More »
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Commission Okays AC EIR

The San Francisco Planning Commission adopted the environmental impact report for the 34th America’s Cup in a unanimous vote yesterday. With the Port Commission expected to also adopt the document today, that will leave only final ratification from the Board of Supervisors in January before construction on the piers can begin. More »

Volvo Fleet Marches On

The six-boat fleet in the Volvo Ocean Race has already put in some heavy miles since starting Leg Two on Sunday. After an uncharacteristic stretch of light-air beating around the tip of the African continent, the fleet was met with some wild running through the wicked Agulhas current, which flows against the wind direction. More »

AC Meetings This Week

The adoption of the America’s Cup 34 environmental impact report is up for debate this week, and the America’s Cup Event Authority needs all the help it can get. © 2011 Gilles Martin-Raget The governmental approval process for the 34th America’s Cup is coming to a close, and one of the final steps will be a pair of meetings later this week that will decide whether the environmental impact report will be adopted by the City. More »
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Banque Populaire V 1000 Miles Ahead

After only 10d and 10h, Loick Peyron’s 131-ft trimaran Banque Populaire V has already opened up a 1000-mile lead over the reference time of the current Jules Verne Trophy holder, Franck Cammas’ Groupama 3. More »
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Volvo, Banque Populaire Update

Over the holiday weekend, two of the three boats remaining in Leg One of the Volvo Ocean Race made port in Cape Town, South Africa. Iker Martínez’ Telefónica cruised in on Saturday to take the leg win after 21d, 5h, 14m. More »