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    After a long wait for wind on the Bay of Naples today, Rolex Capri Sailing Week concluded with a windward-leeward/coastal race for the Maxi and Mylius classes, competing here with the support of the International Maxi Association. The course comprised a weather mark off Capri, a leeward gate directly off the Sorrento Peninsula, before returning to a finish off Capri's Marina Grande. Ultimately the wind went light and the Race Committee wisely shortened course at the ...
    Published on 05-20-2018 01:17 PM
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    Team Brunel leads fleet out of Newport after spectacular Sunday start

    The fog burned off and the sun came out just in time for the start of Leg 9, which sees the fleet return to Europe...





    Team Brunel accomplished its first goal on Sunday afternoon, taking the early lead on Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Newport, Rhode Island to Cardiff, Wales.

    The Dutch team, led by eight-time ...
    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.



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    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 05-13-2018 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 05-11-2018 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, ...