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    Published on 07-21-2019 09:05 AM
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    THE ULTIMATE TEST ON AN UNFORGIVING OCEAN
    Around the world single-handed, nonstop and without assistance is widely regarded as the ultimate test of seamanship and courage. Enduring month upon month in his own company, Norbert will be forced to pit his nautical prowess against torrential storms, ice, fierce oceans, loneliness and frustration during a distance of about 34.000 nautical miles. ...
    Published on 07-10-2019 09:03 AM
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    NEWPORT, Rhode Island (July 09, 2019) – Manuka Sports Event Management and 5 Oceans Sports Marketing announced today the beginning of a new era in Class40 racing: The Race Around. The Race Around is a double-handed around-the-world race with the full endorsement of Class40 ...
    Published on 07-08-2019 10:28 AM
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    Randall Reeves Took A break in Halifax to replenish supplies, fix some things and visit family and friends before pushing off for the next leg,
    which resumed on July 2nd. We catch up with Moli and Randall now:




    Eight months following wind and sea succeeded by one month tethered ashore. Neither seems real; in both cases, time has flown. This morning, Mo tugs gently at her anchor. She is happy enough here, as am I, but she knows we must move on. Much has been accomplished but not yet the goal. The whole of the north lies between us and a return.

    As is the case wherever Mo touches, here we have been the recipients of much kindness. Tony and Connie, Wayne, Rob, Sebastiaan and Rhiannon, Ben, Rich, John, Sandy and Hagen are just a few of those who have helped to ready us for the next leg.

    In fact, Mo was ready yesterday, but her skipper was not. He chose to dally, futzing with this and that bit of stowage, and in the evening and after the rain ended, taking one last, long stroll to see the town and her fireworks.

    The dingy will come aboard after this note. And then we will be on our way to St John’s, on our way to the rest of the story…



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    Dutch, an aluminum expedition boat sailed by my friends Sebastiaan and Rhiannon, meets Mo at the breakwater, and together we turn towards the sea. Dutch and family are out for a few weeks of summer cruising. Like Mo, they are headed north.

    The day is sunny. I am in shirtsleeves. The brisk wind off the land ...
    Published on 07-05-2019 10:33 AM
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    July 5 Update: SHK Scallywag in Final Throes of Transatlantic Race 2019

    NEWPORT, R.I. - Eyes are glued to the tracker and bets have been laid for when the first two arrivals in the Transatlantic Race 2019 will reach Cowes.






    At midday UTC, Lee Seng Huang's 100-foot maxi, SHK Scallywag had just passed Portland Bill and was using her length and towering rig to defy ...
    Published on 07-04-2019 10:19 AM
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    July 3 Update: Transatlantic Race 2019 Features Match Races Throughout Fleet


    NEWPORT, R.I. — With the Irish coast just 200 nautical miles away for race leader Wizard at 1500 UTC today, the front runners in the Transatlantic Race 2019 might seem to be on the home straight, but there remain many hurdles and potholes ahead before they cross the Royal Yacht Squadron finish line this weekend.



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    At present David and Peter Askew’s VO70 and Lee Seng Huang's 100-foot maxi SHK Scallywag (top photo) are attempting to find the best way to exit an area of high pressure just off Ireland’s west coast. Once free, the forecast warns of fickle headwinds for the final 160 nautical miles they must sail up the English Channel to Cowes.

    Since late evening Monday the tracker has stopped functioning onboard SHK Scallywag. Positions are now being sent through manually from the maxi and at 1500 UTC this showed her having made major inroads into Wizard’s lead. On Monday morning SHK Scallywag had been trailing her rival by around 90 miles. At 1500 ...
    Published on 07-03-2019 09:28 AM
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    July 2 Update: Transatlantic Race 2019 Leaders Setting Up to Slow Down


    NEWPORT, R.I. - For the last three days the frontrunners in the Transatlantic Race 2019 have been striding across the North Atlantic at 20-plus-knot speeds, eating up the miles to Cowes in the strong southerlies - exactly the dramatic conditions and high ...
    Published on 07-02-2019 09:33 AM
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    http://yb.tl/tr2019

    Wizard Update

    Time 1020 UTC. 49 24N 022 01W Speed 19.2 knots Course 075 magnetic. True Wind Speed: 16 knots.

    810nm to the finish and approaching the high pressure ridge. Wind speed is dropping,the sky is clearing and the barometer is rising. The sleigh ride is coming to an end and now its back to tactical sailing.

    The trick is to get into the high enough to use the shape to get a nice lift on the exit, while keeping enough wind speed to keep moving. Sometimes it feels a bit like Icarus making sure we don't fly too close to the sun (read High).

    We don't know where our closest competitor Scallywag is (and presumably neither do you, the reader). Their tracker has not worked since 2300utc last night. After about two hours I got worried for them and tried calling their sat phone: no answer! Shit! I then began composing an email to try to establish that they were OK. Luckily I got a call back from Miles (Navigator) on Scallywag who indicated they were fine. Phew! That nasty feeling in the pit of my stomach subsided. I've been involved in enough "dramas" at sea and did not need another one.

    Luckily, the sailing instructions state that "If a transponder fails, the Organising Authority will attempt to establish a communication ...
    Published on 07-01-2019 10:37 AM
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    Update from Scallywag

    Over the last 24 hours the team have not been able to pursue Wizard, who are now 100 miles ahead.
    We received an update from Miles explaining what’s been going on;
    “It’s been a monster night and day, the wind has just dropped below 28kn for the first time in 6 hours.
    As you can see from the tracker we are sailing in limp mode.
    We have one reef in, and currently no headsail on.
    We have a bit of storm damage, but nothing that is making sailing unsafe,
    ...
    Published on 06-30-2019 01:20 PM
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    Transatlantic Race 2019 Fleet in Too Much Wind or Not Enough




    NEWPORT, R.I. – Life in the Transatlantic Race 2019 can be summed up by paraphrasing a familiar survival-of-the-fittest saying: sometimes you’re the keel, sometimes you’re the minnow.

    This year’s race across The Pond has been so uncharacteristic that the 120 sailors ...
    Published on 06-26-2019 02:38 PM
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    Day 1 of Transatlantic Race 2019 Comes Off as Straightforward as Possible
    June26 NEWPORT, R.I. — Few things are straightforward when racing across the Atlantic Ocean.

    There are safety concerns at every turn, from storms and lightning threatening everything above water to unseen floating objects (“UFOs”) threatening the parts underwater.







    VIEW The YB Race Tracker:http://yb.tl/tr2019

    Contrary to that theory, the 13 yachts participating in the Transatlantic Race 2019 have had surprisingly straightforward conditions in their first 24 hours at sea.

    “The first night was fairly easy,” said David Askew, co-owner ...
    Published on 06-25-2019 02:38 PM
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    NEWPORT, R.I. — At 1600 hours ET, four and a half hours after the final start of the Transatlantic Race 2019, the fleet of 13 yachts was south of Martha’s Vineyard and was beating in 15 to 20 knots of south/southeasterly wind towards the first virtual mark south of Nantucket Shoals, led by the three largest boats, SHK Scallywag (Dovell 100), Wizard (Juan K VO70) and Aegir (Rogers 82).


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    Published on 06-13-2019 08:36 AM
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    OC Sport confirms the closure of Extreme Sailing Series™

    OC Sport, the international event organiser and rights holder which owns the Extreme Sailing Series™, has confirmed all operations for the global circuit have ceased after they were unable to reach a successful Management-Buy-Out.

    OC Sport, the international event organiser ...
    Published on 06-10-2019 09:30 AM
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    Teams and significant players are in Lorient, France meeting to finalize plans for the revitalized Ocean Race,
    the route, the stops, the teams, the boats and the players all soon to be revealed... We can tell you that a returning
    USA team will have it's mitts on a very well publicized boat in which to compete...






    The French Revolution
    Meet the sailors hoping to bring some je ...
    Published on 05-28-2019 08:36 PM
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    May 25, 2019

    Day 232

    Noon Position: 37 08N 60 26W

    Course(t)/Speed(kts): SE on drogue, 2-3 knots

    Wind(t/tws): NNW 30+ (40 in the afternoon)

    Sea(t/ft): NW 12+

    Sky: Heavy overcast

    10ths Cloud Cover: 10

    Bar(mb): 1007, rising slowly (1004 was the low point)

    Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 34



    Overnight, wind veers into the W and ...
    Published on 05-27-2019 07:19 PM
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    May 24, 2019

    Day 231

    Noon Position: 36 45N 60 57W

    Course(t)/Speed(kts): NW 6 – 7

    Wind(t/tws): SSW 20+

    Sea(t/ft): SW 8 – 10

    Sky: Low cumulus; frontal clouds

    10ths Cloud Cover: 10

    Bar(mb): 1014+, falling 2mb per 2 hours

    Sail: Triple reefed #2, triple reefed main, reaching on port
    ...
    Published on 05-23-2019 11:19 AM
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    2019 season
    Time to take the plunge

    There’s no doubt about it, the large offshore multihull season is up and running! Following on from Actual
    Leader last week, Macif yesterday, this morning it was the turn of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild to return to the
    ocean this Thursday 23 May at her Lorient base. After a six-month refit, devoted to the repair of the starboard
    bow section lost during the Route du Rhum, together with the optimisation of the giant 32-metre platform, the
    team was keen to rediscover the latest addition to the Gitana fleet on an even keel.

    Charles Caudrelier, one of the racing stable’s two new skippers, had a ringside seat to witness proceedings at what is always a very
    emotional time. Meantime, Franck Cammas monitored this return to the water remotely as he’s lining up today
    for the first meeting of the GC32 Racing Tour season. Both sailors will be reunited next week for a spot of
    offshore sailing in their port of registry.











    Understanding, ...
    Published on 05-21-2019 10:11 AM
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    The first and oldest single-handed transatlantic race, The Transat, will carve out a new path in 2020.

    The first and oldest single-handed transatlantic race, The Transat, will carve out a new path in 2020, with the announcement that the city of Brest in northern Brittany will ...
    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 05-15-2019 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 05-12-2019 01:02 PM
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    The 17 competitors in the Bermudes 1000 Race Douarnenez-Brest suspected that this 2,000-mile test would be both comprehensive and complicated. And they haven’t been disappointed! After a tactical start to the race in light airs for the climb up to Fastnet Rock, the situation has seen a dramatic change since last night. The IMOCAs are now powering along at ...