Vettel wins from Hamilton and Button

International sports, Formula 1, European Grand Prix Valencia, Spain (GenevaLunch) – Red Bull brought Germany their first sporting glory of the day with an emphatic win at the European Grand Prix in Valencia, 27 June. Sebastian Vettel started in pole position and was never really threatened. Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button came in next for […]

BMW takes 33rd America’s Cup

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Valencia, Spain (GenevaLunch) – BMW Oracle has taken the America’s Cup sailing title, winning the second race Sunday 14 February almost as clearly as it won the first race two days earlier. The American boat finished 5.26 minutes ahead of Alinghi: Oracle’s technology, with its massive rigid sail, was the real winner. The race was […]

Update – America’s Cup second race: they’re sailing, Alinghi with penalty

Valencia, Spain (GenevaLunch) – The boats waited until nearly the last minute to begin their second race of sailing’s America’s Cup sailing race, after delays while the wind shifted. Alinghi began the race with a penalty, just as it did in the first race, which it lost to BMW Oracle by 15 minutes. Live and […]

Eau-la-la, poor Alinghi, as Oracle sails into the lead: 1-0

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Valencia, Spain (GenevaLunch) – The water and wind were fine at last on Friday, after days of waiting for sailing conditions off the coast of Valencia to be right for the America’s Cup race to begin. But once Alinghi and Oracle put their tall sails to work, American Oracle’s trimaran dominated the race and won […]

America’s Cup delayed again, to Friday 12 February

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Update / 2 13:05  Valencia, Spain (GenevaLunch) – The most that can be said about the America’s Cup sailing race is that it’s having trouble filling its sails, quite literally. The race between Swiss Alinghi and US BMW Oracle has been delayed until Friday at least 13:00, due to “leftover seas” from yesterday’s wind. “The […]

America’s Cup sailors wait for the wind

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Valencia, Spain (GenevaLunch) – The America’s Cup sailing race, scheduled to begin Monday morning 8 February at 10:06, was postponed due to too little wind. By 10:20 the wind was rising from the southwest, but the tall masts of the two catamarans scheduled to race were forced to wait to show off their prowess. The […]

Oracle vs Alinghi (Chappatte cartoon)

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© Chappatte, distributed by Globe Cartoon. More cartoons on Chappatte’s web site. Geneva-based Patrick Chappatte works for the International Herald Tribune, for Geneva newspaper Le Temps, and for NZZ am Sonntag. All cartoons reproduced with permission.

Alinghi trims its sails as court battles fade away

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – America’s Cup, the top international sailing event, may happen in Valencia after all, it appears, after months of legal battles between Alinghi and the challenger, BMW Oracle, threatened to sink the race. Remaining legal challenges, over such matters as Alinghi unilaterally setting the start time of the race at 10:06 Monday […]

Judge tells America’s Cup sailors to race

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New York, NY, USA (GenevaLunch) – New York Justice Shirley Kornreich told Geneva-based Alinghi and San Francisco sailing team BMW Oracle Friday in a telephone conference call Friday 29 January that she will not rule on the legality of sails used by Alinghi in the America’s Cup sailing race before the scheduled start to the […]

Singapore talks break down, America’s Cup back in court

Update 18:35  Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – America’s Cup challenger BMW-Oracle and defender Alinghi are set to go back to court in New York after negotiations broke down in Singapore 12 January. The two sailing teams and their boats are in Valencia, Spain to contest sailing’s oldest and most prestigious race, a best of three meets […]