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No American yacht in the America’s Cup

Despite the deep pockets of software mogul Larry Ellison and an all-star team of sailors, the only U.S. syndicate was bounced May 20 from the America’s Cup.

The Italian syndicate Luna Rossa Challenge defeated Ellison’s favored BMW Oracle Racing five races to one in the semifinals of the Louis Vuitton challenger elimination trials, including the final four races. It was Ellison’s third attempt to bring the Cup back to the States.

“We are very disappointed obviously, and it isn’t the exit we had hoped for,” says Chris Dickson, the Oracle skipper whom Ellison replaced with Sten Mohr for the final race. “We were clearly out-classed in a number of areas this week.”

Luna Rossa will face Emirates Team New Zealand — winner of the other semifinal match, between the Kiwis and Desafio Espanol — in the Louis Vuitton Cup final. The winner of that series goes on to race the Swiss syndicate Alinghi, reigning holder of the America’s Cup. Those matches start June 23.

Soundings will include an in-depth look at how the Americans again failed to bring home the silver in the August issue.

Volvo Penta marks a century

Volvo Penta was founded in 1907 when Swedish engineers Fritz Egnell and Edvard Hubendick, inspired by a sputtering engine they had on their hands, decided they could build a better one themselves.

A century later, Volvo continues a history marked by innovation. The Aquamatic, introduced at the 1959 New York Boat Show, is considered to be the first sterndrive engine, and other company advances include the Saildrive, folding propellers, the Duoprop and, more recently, the IPS drive system with joystick control.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary, Volvo donated 1 million Kronor (about $142,000) to the Swedish Sea Rescue Society, which also celebrates a centennial this year. (Soundings will take an in-depth look at Volvo in the August issue.) www.volvo.com

Used-boat Web site migrates to print

Boats.com has launched Boats.com Magazine, a weekly publication featuring full-color new- and used-boat classified listings from both dealers and private sellers. The magazine debuted March 15, with more than 14,000 copies distributed to 1,200 locations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Slated for expansion into three additional U.S. regions this year, Boats.com Magazine’s targeted outlets include marinas, yacht clubs, supermarkets, convenience stores, marine supply stores and other high-traffic consumer locations. Ads appearing in the magazine also are posted on the Boats.com Web site, and dealers are supplied a toll-free telephone number that corresponds to each listing.

For information, dealers can contact a Boats.com sales representative at (866) 992-6287, Ext. 5. Private sellers can log on to www.boats.com/magad.Boats.com, as well as Soundings, is owned by Dominion Enterprises of Norfolk, Va.