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Who would want to sit on the Ericsson 4 substitutes’ bench?

The team lists are in and once again Torben Grael’s crew is unchanged, meaning they have now kept the same 11 men onboard for the entire race.

‘Why would we want to change?’ the Brazilian asked. ‘It is always good to have as few changes as possible. We tried to do the same with Brasil 1 in the last race, but we knew we would change for Knut (Frostad, the current race CEO) for the Southern Ocean legs because we had no experience there. We also changed the navigator for technical reasons…  Details 


‘The Valencian Government has just issued a press statement to the effect that it now considers itself free of any contractual obligations with America’s Cup Management (ACM) in the light of the New Your Appeal Court finding.

‘The statement adds that the contract that was signed between the Town Hall, the Valencian Government and ACM envisages this possibility and therefore with this contract we have guaranteed that in the case of a finding that went against Alinghi, the interests of the Valencian Community would be protected.

‘However Major Project coordinator Jose Luis Villanueva stated that whilst the Valencian government had protected the interests of the Community, it was still hoped that the pre-regattas would be staged in Valencia.’ …  Details

The product development offices Crankbrothers comfortably fill a medium-sized building three blocks from the water in downtown Laguna Beach, California.

Step out the front door and you are presented two choices: Turn right to surf or left and take a short spin to rough trails that require a healthy dose of bike handling skill to negotiate. The area is the stomping ground of the Laguna Rads, a long-established group of mountain bike riders, many of whom were instrumental in shaping the sport in its early days.

Crankbrothers cofounder Frank Hermansen happily makes that left turn on a daily basis. When we arrived, the ride was the first suggestion he made…  Details

richardbransonvanityfair1Sir Richard Branson decided to kiteboard with naked model Denni Parkinson on his back.

The world entrepreneur, owner of the Virgin Group, thought …    Details

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