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    Published on 05-17-2018 02:14 PM
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    Capri, 16 May 2018 – Day one of the Rolex Capri Sailing Week was a maxi-only affair on the Bay of Naples, with the weather mark positioned close to the tip of the Sorrento Peninsula. Racing took place in near ideal conditions with the breeze predominantly from the southeast and exceeding the forecast with gusts of 15 knots.



    all photos © ROLEX/Studio Borlenghi ...
    Published on 05-17-2018 11:03 AM
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    It's just over week away, the 3rd running of the California Offshore Race Week, with the start of the
    1st leg, the Spinnaker Cup, an 88 nm sprint from San Francisco to Monterey departing May 26. Then boats
    will embark on Monday May 28th for the 204nm gear busting Big Sur Tour aka Coastal Cup that takes the fleet
    to Santa Barbara YC where they will relax for a short stay before gearing up for 245nm SoCal 300 which will lead them
    through the Channel Islands and down to San Diego, beginning on Thursday May 31.

    Being that the CORW is comprised of 3 offshore legs with an evening beer can tossed in at SBYC, the majority of the entrants will
    participate in just one or two of the legs. See entry list HERE! But there are
    10 boats this year that have signed up for all 3 legs:



    We managed to get ahold of a few of the owners to get some perspective on their programs, their thoughts on the week,(that last 8 days) and
    how they will manage the event. We start with Paul McDowell and the new to West Coast program of Mills 68 Prospector, :




    PD: Please give us a bit of details on Prospector, ...
    Published on 05-16-2018 09:24 AM
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    The Super Series Fleet arrives in style to 1st stop in D-Marin Croatia
    Image © GEO Nexus


    (Wednesday 16th May, 2018) – The reigning 2017 52 SUPER SERIES champions Azzurra won last weekend's PalmaVela regatta in a very hotly contested ten-boat TP52 class that contained no fewer than seven brand new boats.

    The impressive form of defending champions was apparent throughout the seven races sailed. Azzurra topped the table with 21pts, four points up on Quantum Racing, which has Dean Barker steering, while World Champions Platoon – the only new Vrolijk design in Palma among the seven new boats – finished third.
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    Published on 05-16-2018 07:56 AM
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    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Seven people police say are connected to an international yacht race have been arrested in Rhode Island following a confrontation with officers.

    The Newport Daily News reports that police responded to a fire alarm at a Newport bar at about 1 a.m. Tuesday and found about 100 people at the scene, several of whom refused orders to leave the building.

    Police say Andrew Cape, of Lymington, England, and Stefan Coppers, of Amsterdam, Netherlands, ...
    Published on 05-15-2018 09:18 AM
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    Kiteboarding is to become a full Olympic sailing event after World Sailing's (WS) Council approved a submission that will see athletes take the stage at the Paris 2024 Games.

    The Events Committee ...
    Published on 05-13-2018 09:16 PM
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    Velvet Hammer Blastin down the Golden Gate Strait


    It's not often that the weather wonks get it so wrong, but the forecast for Saturday May 12th was a big exception.

    The mainstream news casts insisted on gale force offshore wind Friday night in to Saturday then transitioning into a slight southerly flow
    with fog beginning to work its way into the area late in afternoon. From previous similar forecasts crews mya have expect a light spinnaker
    run out the gate from the start before riding the ebb through a transition zone, switching to headsails, up to Duxbury Reef, a reach or possibly run
    to the Entrance Buoy followed by a runs back into the gate.

    However, conditions had changed in the early morning hours, and a strong south westerly had already started working its way up the coast and the
    starting area off the Golden Gate Yacht Club was already seeing winds into the 20 knot range for the 10:00 start of the 31.8 nm trip. As sailmaker John Amen, who was sailing
    aboard Warren Holybee's Morgan 382 Eliana as a practice for the Pacific Cup, pointed out "Things got snotty really quickly". Mal de ...
    Published on 05-13-2018 09:57 AM
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    American modified Volvo 70 Warrior sailed by Stephen Murray Jr. has taken Line Honours in the 2018 Antigua Bermuda Race, crossing the finish line at 7:57:48 local time local time on Saturday 12 May 2018. Warrior has set a new race ...
    Published on 05-12-2018 05:04 PM
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    Images churning on computer... a fistfull of selects... Oh, and it was nuking...














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    Published on 05-12-2018 09:39 AM
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    Richard Gladwell ofSail-World.com delivers the goods on a new American Syndicate:

    A second US team for the America's Cup has been working on a challenge for over a year - predating Emirates Team New Zealand's win in Bermuda on June 26, 2017.

    "About a year ago, or maybe a little more, Taylor Canfield and I were approached and told that if another team won the America's Cup, then you guys should put together a Challenge. That put the idea in our heads, and when Team New Zealand won in Bermuda, it opened the door to mount a Challenge of our own."

    "The hardest thing obviously is raising money," explains Mike Buckley one of Taylor Canfield's crew - now one of two crews who are four-time winners of the Congressional Cup, one of the most prestigious trophies in match racing.

    Buckley is an American professional sailor ...
    Published on 05-11-2018 10:35 AM
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    The turbo-charged Volvo 70 Warrior, sailed by Stephen Murray Jr., has set a blistering pace in the 2018 Antigua to Bermuda Race. Warrior has covered 770 miles in 45 hours of high speed racing in the ...
    Published on 05-11-2018 09:29 AM
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    Plenty grabs early lead at Farr 40 North American Championship, but newcomer entry from Australia shows superb form on Day 1



    Ray Roberts traveled from Sydney, Australia to southern California to compete in the 71st annual Newport to Ensenada International Race held late last month. Roberts recently bought a 1986 vintage Frers-designed 50-footer named Airwaves and was thrilled to skipper the old IOR warhorse to fourth place in PHRF B class.

    Members of the Airwaves crew convinced Roberts to stay in the United States a while longer in order ...
    Published on 05-11-2018 09:07 AM
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    image © Maria Swearingen

    24 Boats signed up for the 2018 edition of the Oregon Offshore, which departed Portland yesterday for
    the 193 nm jaunt up to Victoria BC. A feeder race for the Vcic Maui for some, a start to summer cruising in the
    PNW for others



    Report from Thursday afternoon:

    Looks like ...
    Published on 05-10-2018 10:14 AM
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    After the first night at sea for the international fleet in the Antigua Bermuda Race the pace is relentless. The leading teams Warrior and Varuna are now over 300 miles offshore, ...
    Published on 05-09-2018 02:39 PM
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    The 2018 Antigua Bermuda started on Wednesday 9th May off Fort Charlotte, Antigua. Brilliant sunshine and 20 knots of trade winds combined to produce a spectacular start for the 14 yachts and 96 sailors competing in the 935 nautical mile oceanic race. Eager to begin the adventure, a highly competitive start saw the fleet fully powered up, ...
    Published on 05-09-2018 11:06 AM
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    While you were watching your favorite NBA or NHL team's playoff hopes go up in smoke,
    The Mighty Merlin was engaging in her 2nd regatta under the stewardship of new owner Bill Merlin.

    The race this time was the 456 nm Reach, Run Ride from Tampa Bay the Isla Mujeres off the Cancun Coast.
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    Published on 05-09-2018 09:50 AM
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    Race to the Straits, For Racers to Enjoy and Clubs to Notice. Plus, a Serious Injury on the Trip Home
    by Kurt Hoehne
    Sailish.Com


    "At what point will the other clubs take notice?"

    This question came out with all of Nate Creitz' overflowing, bubbling, enthusiasm for last weekend's Race to the Straits (RTTS). The double and single-handed Sloop Tavern Yacht Club event from Seattle to Port Townsend and back (with an overnight in the unique sailing town Port Townsend) hit its limit of 125 boats several days before the race, ...
    Published on 05-09-2018 09:19 AM
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    NZ Stuff Reports


    Sir Ben Ainslie's America's Cup syndicate to change name after trademark row with British Olympics

    The roll out of the Ineos sponsorship of Britain's America's Cup challenge included a digital image of the "Team GB" foiling monohull.
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    Published on 05-08-2018 03:05 PM
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    Record breaking conditions forecast


    Record breaking conditions are forecast for the second edition of the Antigua Bermuda Race, with strong easterly trades expected to provide fast reaching conditions for the first two days of the 935 nautical mile oceanic race. High pressure east of Bermuda is expected to decrease the gradient wind, shifting south to create ...
    Published on 05-08-2018 02:22 PM
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    The Alameda based crew of Ocean Cleanup folks have been busy assembling the large plastic( HDPE) tubes that are being welded into
    long sections which will be towed out to sea next week for a 6 week test off the California coast. Meanwhile detractors have been busy amassing
    potential flaws that could pose an even greater problem than the Pacific Gyre is by itself.


    An article by ABC News Australia looks at some of the potential pratfalls of the proposed project:

    In 2012, an 18-year-old Dutch entrepreneur told a TEDx audience he was designing a device to clean-up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

    Boyan Slat's idea sounded like a novel concept that would quickly succumb to the insurmountable logistical issues of cleaning up 1.6 million square kilometres of plastic in deep, remote, open ocean.

    However, six years on Mr Slat's organisation The Ocean Cleanup is about to test a 120-metre section, ahead of deploying ...

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