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    Published on 07-21-2017 02:19 PM
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    John Green of Cowes on the Island of Wight snapped this dandy.

    Anybody have a caption worthy of the image?

    Published on 07-21-2017 09:22 AM
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    The results of the 2017 Transpac are final and awards is tonight, an appropo time to provide some
    insight into the success of the PAC 52's in their 1st Transpac!

    PAC 52'S March To Front Of Offshore Yachting On West Coast!

    With Invisible Hand and BadPak taking the top two spots in Division 1 and overall corrected mono hull in this years Transpacific Yacht Race and Invisible Hand cleaning up in this years So Cal 300, any question on the class's pedigree has evaporated faster than a mai tai at the end of the Transpac.

    An enthusiastic Frank Slootman was ecstatic with results after reaching Diamond Head following a 2,225 nm full on charge across the Pacific from Pt Fermin in Los Angeles. " I think we have officially served notice that these boats are all we thought they would be" Frank gleamed. But these ...
    Published on 07-20-2017 10:09 AM
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    Following design modifications by Reichel/Pugh and McConaghy Boats to the new Black Jack’s hull, appendages and sail plan, the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race in nine days will be their first critical ...
    Published on 07-20-2017 09:29 AM
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    POTTSBORO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A fire and several explosions broke out at a marina on Lake Texoma Wednesday morning.

    The fire, and subsequent explosions, started on U Dock at the Highport Marina in Pottsboro. Flames and thick, black smoke could be seen for miles.

    Officials ...
    Published on 07-19-2017 11:31 AM
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    Kai Lenny and John John Florence making Molokai Channel their newest playground!

    Published on 07-19-2017 09:19 AM
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    Spinsheet Report on the value of a good working whistle while sailing!

    Chicago to Mackinac Race Man Overboard in the Night
    Posted July 19, 2017

    Here is Hampton sailor Mark Wheeler’s first-hand account of being that man overboard in the night during the 289-nautical-mile Chicago Mackinac Race last week onboard ...
    Published on 07-19-2017 08:57 AM
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    The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Circolo della Vela Sicilia as the Challenger of Record, together with their ...
    Published on 07-18-2017 04:03 PM
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    UPDATED at 5 p.m.: A 12-year-old boy was killed after he was struck by a boat propeller during a sailing lesson in the vicinity of Centerport Yacht Club on Tuesday afternoon, police ...
    Published on 07-17-2017 10:23 AM
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    Press Report: July 17, 2017
    USA Only Just Retains Grasp on Team Racing World Title for Second Year
    Pattaya, Thailand – Team USA beat Team China in a dramatic, hard-won, winner-takes-all ‘Sail Off’ in the team racing portion of the Optimist World Championship 2017, retaining its hold on ...
    Published on 07-17-2017 10:13 AM
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    Suspended from the crane, the carbon bird packs quite a punch. This emotional moment has been eagerly awaited by all those who have worked on her, not to mention those working in the background, in the big push to take offshore sailing into a whole new era. At 08:30 GMT this Monday, the first oceanic trimaran designed to fly offshore was launched in Vannes, south-west Brittany, under the proud gaze of her owners, Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild, her designers and builders, and of course the whole of ...
    Published on 07-16-2017 06:39 PM
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    Saturdays 27 nm jaunt from the edge of the Berkeley Flats, up to Alcatraz and then south past
    the Bay Bridge and all the way to Sequoia Yacht Club was a case study in Bay Area micro climates!

    71 boats answered the call for the annual summer micro Transpac, with the uphill cold beat followed
    by cracking off in fresh conditions followed by warmer and warmer temps, a wide open race track and then
    the finishing stretch requiring smart navigation and precise boat handling at ...
    Published on 07-16-2017 05:36 PM
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    A mad rush of boats rushed through the Molokai Strait Saturday including the entire
    SC 50-52 fleet if you include Oaxaca and Medusa which came in before sunrise Sunday.
    The 1st in group John Shultze's optimized 52' Horizon, which pulled a horizon job on an otherwise
    very competitive fleet that finished within hours of each other.

    all images © Lauren Easley

    In the mix was Hula Girl, which filed their final report below:

    Ok, we are on the home-stretch of the 2017 Transpac. We are aiming straight at Molokai about 10 miles out, with Oahu just in sight. It feels good. And boy it's been a tough couple days. Really shifty out here, with light breezes that require a lot of concentration to keep the boat moving... and moving in the right direction. We knew this was a fierce fleet from the outset. And it is panning out to be a hotly contested event.
    Published on 07-16-2017 10:13 AM
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    Just 3 days after Francis Joyon set a new mark CLICKY on the Single Handed Transatlantic
    NY to The Lizard Record, Thomas Coville breaks it again!

    A New Solo North Atlantic Record!
    Thomas Coville has just passed the finish line at the ...
    Published on 07-16-2017 09:59 AM
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    5 people rescued during Chicago Yacht Club race to Mackinac

    CHI-Mac Tracker

    CLEVELAND — Five people were rescued in two separate cases during the annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, Sunday on Lake Michigan.

    One person was rescued by a good Samaritan after falling overboard during the race and four people were rescued by the Coast Guard after their sailing vessel capsized during the race.
    Published on 07-14-2017 09:22 AM
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    The head of a yacht firm has been found guilty of failing to ensure the safety of a yacht which capsized in the Atlantic with the loss of four lives.
    Douglas Innes had been responsible for the Cheeki Rafiki, ...
    Published on 07-13-2017 05:31 PM
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    Beau Geste, the PAC 52 that was BEFORE the PAC 52's, has arrived at KKMI in Richmond.

    Beau will be competing in the PAC 52 division ...
    Published on 07-13-2017 02:14 PM
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    Invisible Hand 2.3 nm to finish doing 13.3 knots

    On to Division 1 corrected victory and overall ORR victory!!!

    More superb imagery from Lauren Easley!

    http://www.leialohacreative.com/ ...
    Published on 07-13-2017 10:07 AM
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    Lauren (johnny on the spot) Easley gets up early to wander down to the Ali Wai to greet the
    crew of RIO 100! Apparently, despite rumours to the contrary, RIO100 DID have an emergency rudder!

    And now they have another Barn Door!

    Congrats guys!

    The pics keep coming thanks to Lolo:


    Published on 07-12-2017 05:54 PM
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    The big picture as seen here with the entire remaining fleet as of 13:00 HST Wednesday July 12

    The lead remaining boats are descending upon Hula Town USA and the awaiting Lei jokes and oversized fruity cocktails.

    The estimated time for RIO is in the wee hours tomorrow. No glorious Molokai Channel sweet light helo shots this trip. Sorry guys

    But the Barn Door is still in grasp, so keep the rudder you have left clean and intact. You are gonna need it!

    "Awarded each race for the Fastest Monohull Elapsed Time in the race. Originally the "First to Finish" Trophy. Since 2009 restricted to manual power only sailing yachts."

    In a magic ending moment, the script writers would build the suspense down to the final seconds with the underdog battling his bigger foe, with lots
    of back and forth drama that would keep the audience on pins and needles. The reality is, with 241 nm to go RIO 100 has a 90 nm DTF lead and a 48 nm ...
    Published on 07-12-2017 04:27 PM
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    Oh man, we have a race on out here! We are one week into the 2017 Transpac aboard J/World's Hula Girl, and this is fantastic sailing.


    Our fleet is phenomenally tight as ...

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