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    Published on 05-20-2019 04:00 PM
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    The Crew of Monsoon Irene enjoy a cold one after a a cool, moist day in May on the Bay.

    A very unusual deluge, mor March like brought 20 knots plus and over an inch of rain to the Central Bay on Saturday
    but the hard core were ...
    Published on 05-20-2019 11:33 AM
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    What we have learnt
    from the Bermudes 1000 Race

    There is still one competitor still at sea in the second edition of the Bermudes 1000 Race, the Belgian skipper, Denis Van Weynbergh, who is expected to finish on Thursday afternoon in Brest. The race was won on Friday by Sébastien Simon (in 7 days, 17 hours and 34 minutes) ahead of Yannick Bestaven and Giancarlo Pedote. This 2000-mile race which is on the IMOCA Globe Series calendar with a weighting of two, was very instructive for the 17 solo sailors competing, none of whom were forced to retire. We look back at the ...
    Published on 05-17-2019 08:53 AM
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    Sébastien Simon winner of Bermuda 1000 Race Douarnenez - Brest
    This Friday, May 17 at 10:34 Sébastien Simon (ARKEA PAPREC) crossed the finish line of the second edition of the Bermuda 1000 Race Douarnenez ...
    Published on 05-16-2019 02:22 PM
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    For day two of inshore racing for the maxi boats at Rolex Capri Sailing Week it was extremely hard to decide one’s wardrobe; both sails and clothes. The day started with an unfamiliar chilly 20 knot offshore northeasterly that kicked up a lumpy sea just off Capri’s Marina Grande. Then the wind shut down completely. It then re-established, the day finishing with the sun out, the overdue summer finally reaching Capri.

    The conditions ...
    Published on 05-16-2019 02:04 PM
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    A sailing vessel traveling to Bermuda found an abandoned 55ft sailing yacht and started towing it to the island.

    A Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre spokesperson said, “Thursday 25th April, 2:14 pm – Bermuda Radio received at satellite telephone call from the 118ft sailing vessel Knickerbocker, which is inbound to Bermuda, advising that they have found an abandoned 55ft sailing yacht, and have taken it in tow.

    “The yacht does not have a name displayed, ...
    Published on 05-16-2019 01:57 PM
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    After driving at great speed for 24 hours, propelled by a steady northwesterly flow, the leading boats of the Bermuda 1000 Race Douarnenez-Brest have, as expected, seen their speed of progression drop in all early in the afternoon. And for good reason, the leaders of the fleet are currently negotiating a transition phase. At the end of the day, a soft and unwilling wind that forces them to make small adjustments on the road but also causes some uncertainty. It is difficult, therefore, to know exactly how long each one will be slowed down. For now, the ...
    Published on 05-15-2019 11:30 AM
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    One race, two diets

    The competitors of Bermuda 1000 Breed Douarnenez - Brest are not all housed in the same sign, this Wednesday. The leading boats, still led by Sébastien Simon (Arkéa - Paprec) prance over 15 knots average, propelled by a flow of north-west blowing between 12 and 14 knots, while latecomers, and in particular those who have not yet crossed the Azores waypoint, battle in very small airs (between 2 and 5 knots) of southern sector. The fleet that is currently spreading 380 miles has not finished stretching. No matter, on every level of the fleet, the fight is raging!

    This Wednesday, the vast majority of the fleet has now overflowed ...
    Published on 05-15-2019 10:44 AM
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    Francis Joyon and IDEC SPORT back in the water for the ROUND BELLE-ILE rac

    Since Francis Joyon’s win in the last Route du Rhum, the IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran has been in the yard for her winter refit and repairs following what was a very tough Route du Rhum.
    Since that race, Francis has announced he will ...
    Published on 05-14-2019 01:23 PM
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    Bermudes 1000 Race: Sébastien Simon in the lead at the Azores waypoint. Romain Attanasio’s analysis

    At 1245hrs UTC on Tuesday 14th May, Sébastien Simon was the first to round the Azores waypoint, the second major course mark in the Bermudes 1000 Race. The skipper of ARKEA PAPREC is now on the final leg of the course on his way to Brest. There ...
    Published on 05-14-2019 10:15 AM
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    The two halves of the 49erFX qualification series took place today in a 15-18 knots easterly in Portland Harbour, delivering spectacularly fast conditions for the women’s skiff fleet. While Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey have upped their game significantly in lighter conditions, the British duo were back in their favourite breeze – strong and gusty. Scores of 1,1,2 lift them to top of the leaderboard, tied on points with second-placed Brazilians, Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze.

    A container ship near the Portland shore on the right-hand side ...
    Published on 05-13-2019 04:25 PM
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    photo © nuttballmarineproductions

    Saturday May 11th, aka Mothers Day Eve was a busy one outside The Gate, with 2 offshore events going on, individually.

    The Single Handed Sailing Society's Single Handed Farallone got off to an early start, with 1st gun @ 0800 off the GGYC,
    which was also being utilized by a swimming event with humans and a couple grey whales feeding. 40 boats in 5 divisions
    were ushered ...
    Published on 05-13-2019 02:45 PM
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    Coast Guard responds to fishing vessel grounded on Clatsop Spit near the Columbia River Bar entrance, Wash.

    ILWACO, Wash. — Coast Guard crews respond to a commercial fishing vessel that grounded on the north side of the Clatsop Spit near the Columbia River Bar entrance, Monday.

    Coast Guard ...
    Published on 05-13-2019 10:20 AM
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    With elastic straps

    If the day yesterday was toned, with a southeast flow blowing between 25 and 35 knots on a short sea, the 17 solitaries of Bermuda 1000 Race Douarnenez - Brest have significantly slowed the pace since last night. In the key, many maneuvers to perform for each other, but also and especially a few strokes of elastic classification. The current leader, Sébastien Simon has seen his lead decrease by more than half in the last 24 hours. At present, the skipper of ARKEA PAPREC is "counting" more than 18 miles ahead of his nearest pursuer after counting to 50, and this gap should not stop making the ...
    Published on 05-13-2019 09:40 AM
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    Rán Wins Close Encounter At RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup
    Round One of the 2019 FAST40+ Class Race Circuit

    10-12 May, 2019

    all images © rick tomlinson/RORC

    “Great day, stunning racing,” commented FAST40+ Class Race Director, Stuart Childerley after racing was concluded at the RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup. “The breeze initially filled ...