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    Published on 07-20-2018 05:14 PM
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    Ekono Juan from Orcas Island Takes Third Straight San Juan 24 North American Championship
    Grauer Geist of Seattle and Renaissance of Oak Harbor Are Second and Third
    Words by Kenneth Johnson

    Fifteen San Juan 24s from around the Salish Sea lined up in Penn Cove on July 14th and 15th for the Fleet’s North American Championship but one, Ekono Juan from Orcas Island, dominated the event with 8 bullets in 11 races to claim its third consecutive championship. Despite Ekono Juan’s wins, the races were closely matched – six other boats ...
    Published on 07-20-2018 04:53 PM
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    The Beneteau Figaro "A Fond le Girafon is the 1st to finish in the 2018 Pacific Cup,
    crossing the finish at 15:59 PDST or 12:59 HST! Congratulations to Charles ...
    Published on 07-20-2018 02:20 PM
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    No Such Thing as A Comfort Zone As Rolex TP52 World Championship Reaches Finale

    (Friday 20th July, Cascais) – Quantum Racing carry a seven-point lead into the final day of the Rolex TP52 World Championship off Cascais, to all intents and purposes a relatively healthy margin, even with the expectation of two breezy last races for a nine-boat fleet.

    But Terry Hutchinson, the US-flagged five-time world champions’ hard-driving leader reaffirms, once again, that no margin can be considered secure, particularly given the strong-breeze, big-wave conditions, and the strength and depth of the competition.

    “No lead is ...
    Published on 07-20-2018 12:36 PM
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    July 20 race report


    As of this writing, Charles Devanneaux's revolutionary, hydrofoil-equipped Beneteau Figaro 3 is just 50 miles from the finish line in Kaneohe and is destined to become the first finisher in the 2018 Pacific Cup! Though Devanneaux and co-skipper Matthieu Damerval are not racing for any official awards given their 'experimental' rating, they have sailed a phenomenal race and will leave their own special mark on the Pacific Cup. One hundred miles behind A Fond le Girafon, the fleet's scratch boat is also lining up a day time arrival on Friday, cruising ...
    Published on 07-20-2018 11:13 AM
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    2018 Youth Sailing World Championship
    Corpus Christi, Texas, USA

    The fourth day of the 48th Youth Sailing world Championships saw six class winners crowned gold medalists.
    The Youth Worlds has become the pinnacle sailing event for teenagers aged 16-18. Past gold medalists have gone on to very successful careers in the upper echelons of the sport. Whether American Geronimo Nores (Boys' RS:X), Islay Watson of Great Britain (Girls' RS:X), Argentinians Teresa Romairone and Dante Cittadini (Nacra 15), Josh Armit of New Zealand ...
    Published on 07-19-2018 03:06 PM
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    Back to Basics: “Seat-of-the-Pants” Coastal Race Win for Quantum Racing
    (Thursday 19th July, Cascais) – Quantum Racing won the exciting, interesting Coastal Race off Cascais, Portugal, to extend their lead at the Rolex TP52 World Championship to seven points with four scheduled races left to sail.

    While the five-time world title winners delivered an accomplished victory – never far enough ahead of the pack to relax even for a moment – they had to rely on “seat-of-the-pants”, intuitive sailing skills for much of the course.

    After their electronics shut down entirely ...
    Published on 07-19-2018 12:42 PM
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    World Champion in The Hague Offshore Sailing Worlds

    by Anke Haadsma

    With yet another sunny day on the North Sea coast, in a little gentler winds than in the last few days, another two inshore races were held in The Hague Offshore Sailing Worlds. The completion of the first race prompted a discard of the worst race score for all competitors, with the exception of the twice-weighted long offshore race. And as predicted, this action compressed and reshuffled the results in Classes B & C, making the race for the podium positions even tighter ...
    Published on 07-19-2018 12:21 PM
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    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (July 18, 2018) – In a day filled with superlative performances from Team USA at the 48th annual World Sailing Youth Championships, the pinnacle event for youth sailors, none was harder earned than Chase Carraway’s showing in the Boys’ Laser Radial.

    Carraway (Wrightsville Beach, N.C.) didn’t post back-to-back first-place finishes as some of his teammates, but his 2-5 in the largest class in the fleet (58 boats) was every bit as impressive. The Boys’ Laser Radial is always one of the most hotly contested classes at this ...
    Published on 07-19-2018 11:14 AM
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    July 19 race report


    Twenty-four more hours into this 20th edition of the Pacific Cup and we have continued to gain clarity on how much of the fleet may end up once all is said and done. With several boats beginning to line up their final approaches to the Hawaiian Islands, Charles Devanneaux and co-skipper Matthieu Damnerval look to have re-staked their claim to being the first boat over the finish line. After much uncertainty due to temporarily slowing down in light ...
    Published on 07-18-2018 01:19 PM
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    Another day, and another series of surprises that continue to impact the rankings in this 20th edition of the Pacific Cup. Seemingly with every check-in, the rankings get shuffled, the pursuing boats make gains and the fleets continue to compress. While a handful of boats looked dominant in their divisions as of yesterday's report, Wednesday morning shows that every single fleet in this ...
    Published on 07-18-2018 11:20 AM
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    New winds yet same class leaders

    Written by Anke Haadsma on July 17, 2018. Posted in News.

    In contrast to the past few days of light shifty winds, today’s superb 12-17 knot southerly breeze made for fast and furious racing on all courses of The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championship 2018. And so even with a later 1300 start today, Principal Race Officer Peter Anink informed everyone two inshore races would held to take advantage of the favorable conditions.

    The southerly breeze combined with a south-flowing flood current brought even more pressure on the ...
    Published on 07-18-2018 10:56 AM
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    Day 18 – Dateline: Rubicon Marina, Lanzarote Canaries. 18. July 2018

    With 6 Boats out already, the 12 remaining sailor carry on, but some will need some tending to ashore....

    Mark Slats - Ohpen Maverick still rolling downwind passed the Cape Verde Islands today, doing 5.2 knots, compared to 3.4 knots for Péché who is closer to the Senegal coast

    As the leading trio of Philippe Péché, Jean-Luc ...
    Published on 07-18-2018 09:38 AM
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    Following a 10-day, transatlantic bow-to-bow battle, the IMOCA 60 dominated on the water and took the elapsed time record, while Varuna scored the current top spot in IRC Zero.

    It was the last chapter of an epic 3,500nm transatlantic rivalry between Jens Kellinghusen's Varuna VI, and Boris ...
    Published on 07-18-2018 09:04 AM
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    Mid Pacific Musings From the Deck of Prospector 17 July 2018

    Things are definitely looking up. About 8pm last we put up our big A2 Spinnaker and began sailing downwind after two and a half days of reaching. Wind speeds remains light of the forecast but have picked up to 12-15 knots from 7-10 knots. We are just past the half way mark of the race with less than 1000 nautical miles to go to Kanoehe. At the downwind angles we are now sailing the boat is a lot flatter making life aboard much less acrobatic. It has warmed up significantly and, yes, we have finally broken out our new Prospector ...