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Storming into the lead was Pierre Pennec’s Groupe Edmonde de Rothschild after two days of racing at the Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat, but still languishing last of the 11 40-foot catamarans is Britain’s Ian Williams and Team GAC Pindar.

Sweden return to America's Cup

Chief executive Paul Cayard confirmed Sweden’s return to the America’s Cup fray with an entry from Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis team. Juan Kouyoumdjian will head the design team for the 72-foot wing sail catamarans for the 2013 event.

Calls to bring forward choice of America’s Cup host

Attempts are being made to bring forward the selection of the host city for the next America’s Cup. Potential challengers were told the 2013 track would be named by the end of this year but this may now happen before the end of November.

America's Cup hopefuls meet in Paris

With less than two weeks until the entry window opens for the next America’s Cup, 24 prospective teams met in Paris for the first of a planned series of competitor forums hosted by the newly-formed America’s Cup Race Management.

Offshore Challenges in talks with Bertarelli

Talks are underway between Britain’s Mark Turner, boss of the Offshore Challenges company set up originally with Dame Ellen MacArthur, and Switzerland’s former holder of the America’s Cup, Ernesto Bertarelli, over co-operation between Turner’s Extreme Sailing Series and the D35 catamaran series in which Bertarelli competes.

Album: Andrea Lucchesini, Schubert: The Impromptus (Avie)

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New America's Cup structure released

The structure of the next America's Cup, shortened to just over two months and to be staged in 2013, has been released. The challengers may have to win through elimination regattas to make it to the main event, some of their costs will be restricted and, up for discussion, is the possibility of a minimum 20 per cent. of the crew being nationals of the challenger country.

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