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    Published on 06-17-2018 12:25 PM
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    June 17, 2018
    Race Bulletin #17 – Five Boats Ahead of a Tightly Packed Fleet
    The Saturday evening update from the Newport Bermuda Race media team.

    After a day of relatively light winds in the 51st Newport Bermuda Race, the competitors had made moderate progress down the 635-mile course toward the finish line at St. David’s Lighthouse on the northeast corner of Bermuda. Led by Rambler 88, George David’s 88-foot Juan K design, five boats crossed the Gulf Stream and opened up a significant gap on the rest of the 169-boat fleet, many of whom were sailing in lighter winds.

    Early in the day, David Askew’s Wizard, a Volvo 70-footer, may have found better winds and a good wind shift on the west side of the rhumb line, as it passed Rambler at one point, before being overhauled again by the larger boat. Also in this group were two other big boats in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division—Steve Murray, Jr. and Stephen Murray Sr.’s Warrior, ...
    Published on 06-17-2018 11:48 AM
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    Vestas 11th Hour Racing won the day in Gothenburg but the results on Sunday see MAPFRE win the In-Port Race Series...

    Charlie Enright’s Vestas 11th Hour Racing showed great patience and sailed a clean race for a victory in the Gothenburg In-Port Race on Sunday.

    But it was Xabi Fernández’s MAPFRE team who rode a third place finish on Sunday to win the overall In-Port Race Series, sailing 11 points clear of their closest pursuers, Dongfeng Race Team.

    With one In-Port Race left in The Hague, MAPFRE can now not be overtaken on the leaderboard.

    Published on 06-16-2018 03:53 PM
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    34 year old Peet Must from Tom’s River New Jersey never suspected he would be a last minute driver in the PAC 52 Fleet, much less win the regatta. But that is exactly what occurred during Leg 2 of the PAC52 Class West Coast Tour.

    Peet currently works at oldest operating nuclear plant in the country as licensed senior engineer operator, the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Facility in New Jersey's Barnegat Bay.

    An amateur racer who sails for fun, quite often on his home waters of Barnegat Bay in the Barnegat Bay A-Cat fleet against Interlodge’s owners, Austin and Gwen Fragomen. If you don’t know ...
    Published on 06-16-2018 09:42 AM
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    Merlin’s Path: Sliding Fast in the Evening
    Onboard report several hours into what has been a light-air Newport Bermuda Race so far. Pics and verbs by Chris Museler

    “It’s nice being famous.”

    Crewmate Chris Watt’s comment this afternoon pretty much ...
    Published on 06-15-2018 12:33 PM
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    In little under a month François Gabart will be back at the helm of his MACIF trimaran, after a substantial optimization refit which will be complete at the end of July. "I'm impatient to see the result of all this teamwork," he said.

    Since his round the world record six months ago he has spent a lot of time doing sport, but also at the office with his team.

    When ...
    Published on 06-15-2018 10:37 AM
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    Despite a scary-looking forecast and prolonged periods punching foul tide, today’s rescheduled race around the Isle of Wight, during the Royal Ocean Racing Club-organised IRC Europeans and Commodores’ Cup, proved a great success. This replaced the scheduled 24-36 hour long offshore, but all competitors nonetheless returned feeling severely tested to a summery Cowes, very different to the rain, near gale force gusts, four knot foul tide and reduced visibility of this morning’s 0936 start.

    Having ...
    Published on 06-15-2018 09:12 AM
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    1968: Movies like Bullit, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Barbarella and 2001 A Space Oddity Ruled the Box Office.
    Nixon wins the White House, MLK and RFK are assasinated, Vietnam Raged on and a Solo Sailor, Robin Knox Johnston sails his 32' Suhali solo around the ...
    Published on 06-14-2018 01:57 PM
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    Brunel Sailing take the Leg 10 win! What an incredible comeback from the Dutch team to keep their dream of overall Volvo ...
    Published on 06-14-2018 12:00 PM
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    The start of leg one of the 2018 R2AK, Port Townsend to Victoria BC!

    Racing underway!

    Finish times.

    1 PT Watercraft 9:10am

    2 First Federal's Sail Like a Girl 9:51am
    3 Strait to the Pool Room 10:04am
    4 Ptarmigan 10:05am
    5 Swan Song 10:10am
    6 BlueFlash 10:13am ...
    Published on 06-14-2018 09:22 AM
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    Brunel shoots into the lead as intensity builds towards photo finish

    The pace is relentless as the leaders close in on Gothenburg knowing every point will count for the overall Volvo Ocean Race win...

    Bouwe Bekking’s Team Brunel shot past most of the fleet over the past 24 hours, eventually eking ahead of MAPFRE on Thursday morning and taking the lead in Leg 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race.

    But with less than 200 miles to go to the finish line in Gothenburg, Sweden, less than 10-miles separate the top six crews. No position is secure and the intenity is relentless. ...
    Published on 06-13-2018 03:01 PM
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    Light winds and strong tides may have made for a difficult first half to the Royal Ocean Racing Club's combined IRC European Championship and Commodores' Cup, but Hampshire Tourist Board conditions graced the Solent for day four of racing. With a southwesterly wind that peaked at around 15 knots countering a powerful ebb tide, PRO Stuart Childerley set a 'classic Cowes Week' course, which for IRC One comprised a 25.7 mile long romp around the ...
    by Published on 06-13-2018 01:01 PM
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    This Years Participants

    Race to Alaska Explained

    Race start: 0500 June 14th, Port Townsend, Washington
    Application deadline: April 15th

    The inside passage to Alaska has been paddled by native canoes since time immemorial, sailing craft for centuries, and after someone found gold in the Klondike the route was jammed with steamboats full of prospectors elbowing ...
    Published on 06-13-2018 08:52 AM
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    MAPFRE leads fleet north of Scotland

    Big winds are in the forecast as the fleet makes the turn around the north of Scotland and point their bows towards the finish in Gothenburg in Sweden...

    Spanish team MAPFRE shot into the lead of the penultimate Volvo Ocean Race leg as the fleet rocketed round the coast of Scotland on Wednesday.

    The painfully light and fickle winds that dogged the seven teams on Tuesday as they crossed a high pressure ridge had today been replaced by powerful south-westerlies that were blasting them north-east at breakneck speeds. ...
    Published on 06-12-2018 04:21 PM
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    A. Coral Reef Sailing Apparel Division. PHRF-DW <= 615. Starts Monday, 7/9

    Boat Name Boat Type Skipper
    Eliana Morgan 382 Warren Holybee
    Green Buffalo Cal 40 Jim Quanci
    Highlander Cal 40 Bob Horton
    Bombora Express 27 Rebecca Hinden

    D1. Pau Maui Vodka Doublehanded Division. Express 27s DH. Starts Monday, 7/9

    Boat Name Boat Type Skipper
    Alternate Reality Express 27 Darrel Jensen
    Loose Cannon Express 27 Andy Goodman
    Fired Up! Express 27 John Morrison
    Motorcycle Irene Express 27 Zachery Anderson
    The Pork Chop Express Express 27 Chris Jordan
    Yeti Express 27 Adam Mazurkiewicz

    D2. Mount Gay Rum Doublehanded Division. Starts Monday, 7/9

    Whistler V Ohlson 38 John Parkes
    Foamy Moore 24 Lester Robertson
    Zipper Santa Cruz 27 Alexia Fischer
    Abstract J105 Douglas Pihlaja
    Wolfpack MORC Melinda Erkelens
    Bacon Berger Antrim 27 Mike Bacon
    Jamani J120 Sean Mulvihill

    Kolea: The Cruising Division. Starts Monday, 7/9

    Boat Name Boat Type Skipper
    La Bonne Vie Wauquiez Pretorien 35 Matt Sundermier
    Knot Behaving Jeanneau 379 James Peo
    Bear Boat Jeann. Sun Odyssey 40.3 Paul Koenig
    Edge of Moonlight Island Packet 380 Keith James
    Cross 40 Trimaran Steve Brodie
    Defiance Schock 41 Jack Tibbetts
    Surya catamaran andre hilden
    Music Nordic 44 Jeff Michaud
    Lyric (Comm Vessel) Mason Ketch John Swain
    Wavelength Beneteau 46 Bill Schwartz
    Cetacea Hudson Force 50 Peter Masson
    Anais Hanse 505 Matt Solhjem
    OutreMer Hanse 505 Emmanuel SAUQUET
    Blue Moon Jeanneau 52.2 Russ Johnson

    B. Weems & Plath Division. DW PHRF 614 to 583. Starts Wednesday, 7/11

    Eclipse Express 37 Sandy Andersen Wertanen
    Zaff J92 Phil Wampold
    Gusto Swan 441 Holm Albrecht
    Quantum Beneteau 405 Scott Smith
    Limitless Express 37 Shawn Ivie
    Shearwater J35 Karl Haflinger
    The Fugitive Farr 1220 Benjamin Rummen
    Sweet Okole Custom Farr 36 Dean Treadway
    Dare Dare Sun Fast 3200 Nicolas Thiebaud
    Iguana Beneteau 411 Michael Eusebio

    C. Alaska Airlines Division. DW PHRF 582 to 550. Starts Wednesday, 7/11

    Boat Name Boat Type Skipper
    Imagine Davidson 44 Wyatt Jones
    Mirthmaker Archambault 35 Kirk Denebeim & Robb Daer
    Poke & Destroy Evelyn 32-2 Alex Simanis
    Venture Jeanneau 49 SO Michael Chobotov
    Free Nautor's Swan 46 Christian Doegl
    Angelique Columbia 57 Andy Kurtz
    Aloha Hobie 33 Kyle Vanderspek

    D. Pasha Hawaii Division. ORR tcf <= 1.099. Starts Thursday, 7/12

    Boat Name Boat Type Skipper
    Alessandra Grand Soleil 50 Casey Smith
    Hokulani J120 Tracy Rogers
    SIX BROTHERS Columbia Carbon 32 Chris Kramer
    Companera Farr 44 Paul Eichen
    J World's Cazan DK 46 Paul Martson
    Rufless Melges 32 Rufus Sjoberg
    Zamazaan Farr 52 Greg Mullins
    Starship Santa Cruz 52 Christian Berge
    J World's Hula Girl Santa Cruz 50 Mod Wayne Zittel

    E. BMW of San Rafael Division. ORR >1.099. Starts Friday 7/13!

    Boat Name Boat Type Skipper
    Rage Wylie 70 (custom) David Raney
    Westerly Santa Cruz 70 Stuart Dahlgren
    Runaway Andrews 70 Hector Velarde
    A Fond Le Girafon* Beneteau F3 Charles Devanneaux
    Blue Riptide 41 Michael Schoendorf
    Pyewacket Andrews 68 Roy Disney
    Prospector Mills 68 Shelter Isl TrnsAtlantic Prtnrs

    Note that several boats have ratings pending and may move divisions.
    Starts are expected to be at ten-minute intervals, starting at about:
    11:20 on Monday,
    13:00 Wednesday,
    14:00 Thursday, and
    14:50 Friday.
    Consult Sailing Instructions (when published) and starting signals (when made) for precise times. ...
    Published on 06-12-2018 03:52 PM
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    European dealers cancel US boat orders in anticipation of tariffs
    By Arlene Sloan

    Industry leaders on both sides of the Atlantic appeal to Trump

    European marine trade associations warned last week that retaliatory action proposed by the EU in response to import tariffs imposed by the US on steel and aluminium has already resulted in cancelled orders for American boats by dealers in Europe.

    Meeting in Berlin last week, marine industry associations from over 30 countries listened intently to Nicole Vasilaros, government and legal affairs council for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), describing the US ...
    Published on 06-11-2018 04:09 PM
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    Team AkzoNobel in third place on approach to Fastnet Rock

    Team AkzoNobel is this morning in a scrap for third place on Leg 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race after a night of smooth straight-line reaching across the Irish Sea towards the south west tip of Ireland.

    At 0700 UTC (0900 CEST) this morning the team AkzoNobel crew was locked in a head-to-head drag race with fourth placed Mapfre (ESP) – just a tenth of a nautical mile further back – as the seven-boat fleet powered westward at speeds approaching 20-knots.

    Later this morning the boats will pass one of yacht racing’s most iconic turning markers – the lighthouse on Fastnet Rock – and will start to feel a significant softening in the northerly breeze as the wind ...
    Published on 06-11-2018 03:25 PM
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    Foiling Towards A Future Golden Opportunity

    It’s no news to most following Olympic Sailing that the US has slipped significantly in international competition at the Olympic level since Mark Reynolds run in the Star fleet between 1988 and 2000.

    Recent returns from the just completed World Cup In Marseille shows the US showing a 4th in the Nacra 17 with the mixed team of Riley Gibbs and Louisa Chafee taking 4th. That’s about it. No much more to get excited ...
    Published on 06-10-2018 12:29 PM
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    The Volvo Ocean Race fleet had a slow start to Leg 10 as a high-pressure system brought bright sunny skies and warm weather but very little breeze to Cardiff on Sunday afternoon.

    With nearly no wind at the scheduled 1500 UTC start time, the Race Committee pushed a short postponement to allow ...
    Published on 06-10-2018 12:19 PM
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    June 9, 2018 - Victoria, BC, Canada - On the final day of the 2018 Melges 24 World Championship the international Melges 24 fleet of forty one teams from five nations finally received what they were expecting from Victoria - 15-20 knots wind, blazing sunshine, blue skies and great speed to put on the show while surfing the waves in Victoria Waterfront. A final day of racing yielded three more races to conclude the 10-race series at the Melges 24 World Championship 2018, hosted by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club in co-operation with the Canadian Forces Sailing ...
    Published on 06-10-2018 10:46 AM
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    Day 1

    Posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 All reports by Eric Due and Amanda Witherell: http://hydrofoilprotour.com/

    Boooom! The horn blasted through the ripping winds on the sunny San Francisco Bay today to start the 2018 Hydrofoil Pro Tour kite racing event hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. Fifty of the world’s fastest racers, hailing from 16 different countries, silently took to their foils as they crossed the starting line, their kites powering forward in winds gusting in the low to mid 20-knots. A flood tide smoothed the water for the racers as they flew around the course as if dancing above the water. Two laps around the windward/leeward course showcased the incredible ...

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