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    Published on 09-18-2018 09:12 AM
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    Following in Bernard Moitessier's wake? Australian Mark Sinclair made an impromptu stop in Table Bay to hand across films, just as French sailing legend Bernard Moitessier did during the inaugural GGR 50 years before – then inexplicably continued cruising around the Cape and up the east coast towards Port Elizabeth, rather than follow the fleet down into the Southern ...
    Published on 09-17-2018 01:48 PM
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    After Saturday’s chilly windy start and lengthy on the water marathon, crews welcomed the warm sun and lighter winds to start the Sunday ROLEX Big Boat Series Finale Bay Tour. Well at least the warm sun part. Entering the day, Frank Slootman’s Invisible Hand had already secured the series class title with a 5-point advantage over 2nd place RIO, and didn’t have to sail. “We came to sail, so sail ...
    Published on 09-16-2018 07:55 AM
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    Saturday September 15 came in like a Lion and went out with a bang! With a strong residual ebb sucking out of the Bay, and winds ripping in in the 20-25 knot range at the start of play, the awe factor was pegged to the 11 mark on the Spinal Tap volume scale. Picking up where they left off the day before, the PAC 52’s moseyed over to the Alcatraz starting area for a 13.8 nm Course 7 breakfast. ...
    Published on 09-15-2018 08:05 PM
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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Strong airs and freshening white caps greeted the third day of racing at the 54th edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. Long uphill bashes in three to four-foot seas and 20 knots, gusting higher, were rewarded with blistering downwind runs and adrenaline-saturated kite rides juiced ...
    Published on 09-15-2018 09:08 AM
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    Friday’s racing on the Bay was greeted with cooler yet colorful weather as an early season weather front rotated offshore pulling in subtropical high elevation clouds from the south, and lower elevation stratus from the north. Racing for the PAC 52 class began off of Treasure Island, with course 14, an 11.5-mile jaunt up to Fort Mason, back to the starting area gates, back to Fort Mason return to the Gates and an upwind finish ...
    Published on 09-15-2018 06:27 AM
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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA — What goes up must come down, but the flat, fast conditions that greeted sailors at Day One of the 54th edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California (September 12-16, 2018), continued on Day Two, following a short postponement to let the breeze gather. But once the starting guns began sounding, racers were rewarded for their pre-racing patience ...
    Published on 09-13-2018 09:45 PM
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    Day One Provides Excellent Thrills for PAC52 Fleet At 2018 Rolex Big Boat Series




    Sunshine, big currents, and wide variety of winds provide the PAC 52 a superb variety of challenges in the 1st two races of the StFYC Big Boat Series sponsored by Rolex. A short delay to low tide preventing the deeper draft boat kept the 52’s from starting until noon on the Alcatraz ...
    Published on 09-13-2018 08:55 AM
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    The predictive wind forecasts show bundles of sun and fun for the fleet in the 2018 St Francis YC Big Boat Series sponsored by Rolex. With winds expected in the 15 -25 knot range, temps in the mid 60's to low 70's, the PAC 52 fleet will be battling on the edge and eating up the racecourse in spectacular fashion. The prior 3 Southern California stop ...
    Published on 09-12-2018 11:22 AM
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    Images of Hurricane Florence taken by Alexander Gerst of the International Space Station
    shows a magnificent yet terrifying storm as it rumbles across ...
    Published on 09-12-2018 09:55 AM
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    Welch Wins 2018 Diversified Melges 24 U.S. National Championship Trophy, Pierce Captures Corinthian Division Title

    Belvedere, CA (September 11, 2018) - The 2018 Diversified Melges 24 U.S. National Championship, hosted by The San Francisco Yacht Club in Belvedere, CA concluded ...
    Published on 09-12-2018 09:40 AM
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    Less than a month after the MACIF trimaran was launched again, everyone is amazed. The boat is sailing faster and is flying higher, as if she was brand new. This has impressed everyone.




    It would be an understatement to say that everything has gone well on board the MACIF trimaran since she was relaunched on 31 July 2018. After a six-month long refit, with a considerable makeover, "MACIF is no longer the same as she was last year," stresses François ...
    Published on 09-12-2018 09:11 AM
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    Hurricane Florence Remains A Strong Category 4 Hurricane And Should Gain Strength As She Crosses The Gulf Stream:



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    Hurricane Florence Advisory Number 53...Corrected
    NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL062018
    1100 AM EDT Wed Sep 12 2018

    Corrected second headline

    ...AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT FINDS FLORENCE HAS CHANGED
    LITTLE WHILE MOVING TOWARD THE U.S. SOUTHEAST COAST...
    ...LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE AND RAINFALL EXPECTED ACROSS
    PORTIONS OF THE CAROLINAS...


    SUMMARY OF 1100 AM EDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION
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    LOCATION...29.8N 71.3W
    ABOUT 485 MI...785 KM SE OF WILMINGTON NORTH CAROLINA
    ABOUT 520 MI...840 KM ESE OF MYRTLE BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...130 MPH...215 KM/H
    PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 305 DEGREES AT 15 MPH...24 KM/H
    MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...943 MB...27.85 INCHES





    WATCHES AND WARNINGS
    --------------------
    CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

    None.

    SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

    A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...
    * South Santee River ...
    Published on 09-11-2018 03:06 PM
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    Although first published in 2015, this remarkable story has resurfaced again, and well, it's and amazing and unusual one...





    Across the Atlantic - in a garden shed: Most 84-year-olds would settle for a Saga cruise. But this ancient mariner had other ideas...
    ANTHONY SMITH made 40ft by 18ft raft with pipes and telegraph pole. Naming it the Antiki, he set sail from the Canary Islands at just 2 knots, the mission was to cross the Atlantic and reach Eleuthera in the Bahamas
    He and his crew of three spent more than two months on the voyage, but storms pushed them 700 miles off course to St Maarten ...
    Published on 09-11-2018 09:41 AM
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    Jean-Luc Van Den Heede extends his lead
    Loïc Lepage stops in Cape Town
    Tapio Lehtinen and Istvan Kopar meet up in mid-ocean
    Igor Zaretskiy calls on the Doctor

    Day 71: Dateline 10.9.2018 – Les Sables d’Olonne, France
    As Jean-Luc Van Den Heede continues to set the pace across the South Indian Ocean, fellow Frenchman Loïc Lepage docked his Nicholson 32 Laaland in Cape Town, and Finland’s Tapio Lehtinen surprised himself and American/Hungarian Istvan Kopar by meeting up in mid-ocean.



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    Published on 09-10-2018 03:55 PM
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    As reported yesterday by one of the Norwegian newspapers, on the night of 6 September near Morocco, there was a breach and sank a sailing 44-foot catamaran with the Norwegian crew. People are safely saved. The newspaper brings the story of the captain of the ...
    Published on 09-10-2018 11:40 AM
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    1000 miles! If we had predicted such an advance to Jean-Luc van den heede after 70 days of race, he might have had a hard time believing it. Tapio Lehtinen and istvan and would ...
    Published on 09-10-2018 10:10 AM
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    Hurricane Florence Tropical Cyclone Update
    NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL062018
    1200 PM AST Mon Sep 10 2018

    ...FLORENCE BECOMES A CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE...

    Data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that Florence
    has continued to rapidly stregthen and has maximum sustained winds
    near 130 mph (195 km/h). The latest minimum central pressure based
    on data from the aircraft is 946 mb (27.93 inches).


    SUMMARY OF 1200 PM AST...1600 UTC...INFORMATION
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    LOCATION...25.0N 60.2W
    ABOUT 575 MI...925 KM SSE OF BERMUDA
    ABOUT 1230 MI...1985 KM ESE OF CAPE FEAR NORTH CAROLINA
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...130 ...
    Published on 09-10-2018 09:13 AM




    A first glimpse at the AC75 the foil control system, one of the supplied parts which will be used to raise and lower the ...
    Published on 09-09-2018 01:45 PM
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    Leaders Change Throughout Light Winds Sunday But Overall Leader Simon is Poised, Ireland’s Dolan Top Rookie, Lying 11th. It may be Fred Duthil (Technique Voile) and Alexis Loison (Custo Pol) who share the lead after just over 28 hours of a very light wind, slow Stage 3 of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, but lying in fourth place Sébastien Simon (Bretagne CMB Performance), the ...
    Published on 09-07-2018 02:21 PM
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    International Maxi Association press release from Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Issued 7 September 2018
    While a Mistral had been forecast for the penultimate day of the 2018 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship, the westerly wind edged only into the early 20s making for an exciting rather than terrifying day out on the water for the 41 competitors.

    With a day to go, some winners have already been decided at this, the pinnacle event in the maxi yacht calendar, run by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda ...

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