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'Where the Wind Blows… December 2008'
by New Zealand Marine Artist Jim Bolland

The Rigours of Racing Around the World. Photo © Sam Davies/Roxy/Vendee Globe

With summer officially launched in the southern hemisphere and Christmas closing in on us at a terrifying speed, two major Australasian sailing events are getting their fair share of media space, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race – starting on the beautiful Sydney Harbour, on Boxing Day - and the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series for version five AC boats, commencing January 30 2009.

The Sydney Hobart race is covered further on in this edition of ‘A Brush with Sail’, but here, I’d like to share with you, some thoughts and information about the AC boat event to be sailed on the inner Hauraki Gulf, Auckland.

It’s the first positive step toward sanity possibly prevailing in America’s Cup affairs since the last contest for the Auld Mug, in 2007. You’ll remember that contest of course, possibly the most exciting contest since the second World War, except possibly for the Australian’s win in 1983.

You will probably agree that it would be a big stretch to say that, as a contest, it was broken! The question will always remain, ‘why fix it?’ Perhaps Brad will explain why, when he addresses the World Yacht Racing Forum this month.

The Louis Vuitton Pacific Series director is Bruno Trouble and with his background in organizing the Louis Vuitton Challenger series in previous years, a great regatta can be expected.

For the complete article, including discussions on the America's Cup, the Vendee Globe, the SYDNEY-HOBART Race and much more, click here.

Visit Jim's website to see his paintings of the America's Cup as well as Commissioned works he has painted.

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