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    Published on 06-23-2017 09:14 AM
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    Howie Hamlin and Andy Zinn have cleaned up at the 2017 5o5 North American's in Buzzards Bay.
    The pair's 3rd such victory in 4 years. Howie now 64 and Andy a mere 43, remain a force in the
    classic high performance dinghies even today, despite sailing against sailors often 20 plus years their juniors.
    With a wide variety of conditions, they managed to take 5 bullets and a pair of deuces in the 9 race event.

    When asked how they manage to succeed, Howie indicates "Time on the boat. There are no shortcuts and it takes preparation,
    practice and boat handling, simply put" Howie and Andy travel near and far to compete ...
    Published on 06-21-2017 03:00 PM
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    Let's Go Racing Already!

    When the AP flag was taken down to finally mark the start of Block Island Race Week 2017, it was like watching schoolchildren being let out for recess. Sailors who had waited 1 ˝ days to go racing rushed down the docks, hopped aboard their boats and couldn’t wait to cast off the lines.

    Thick fog that blew in late Saturday and refused to leave forced cancellation of Monday’s racing and delayed Tuesday’s attempt to get things going. At long last, the fog lifted around noon and race committee chairman announced that one start would be held for all courses beginning at 2 p.m.

    As it turns out, the fog had not ...
    Published on 06-09-2017 03:47 PM
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    Breaking news from CBC News Nova Scotia

    UPDATED! See Below


    A rescue mission was launched Friday in the mid-Atlantic after vessels involved in a sailing race ran into trouble amid high seas and hurricane-force winds.

    Joint Task Force Atlantic in Halifax said it was responding to distress calls from three vessels involved in the*transatlantic*race between the U.K. and Rhode Island.
    Lt. Len Hickey of the Royal Canadian Navy said emergency beacons from the boats went off shortly after midnight.*One of the sailboats lost its mast*and the other two suffered damage*to their hulls and rigging.

    None of the vessels was longer than 15 metres, said Hickey.

    all images © Paul Gibbins

    No Canadians on boats
    One of the boats had*two sailors on board, while the other two each had*one ...
    Published on 06-09-2017 08:34 AM
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    The Fate of Poor Spadefoot
    June 9, 2017 | Filed under: General
    Justin here. On dry land, happy to be with Chris.

    So… What happened out there? There’s not so much to say, really. After the first 3 days, Spadefoot was in contention, and we were feeling pretty positive about the trip. We ...
    Published on 06-07-2017 09:49 AM
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    The East Coast biggie in the shorthanded sailing world, the Bermuda 1-2. 635 nm from Newport to Bermuda single handed
    then a break and the double handed back to Newport. The fleet got into some big winds and big sea over the past 48 hours.
    16 of the original 37 boats have finished as of this writing. Following are the latest entries @ http://www.bermuda1-2.org/


    6 June 2023 - Breakaway ...
    Published on 06-05-2017 04:21 PM
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    Justin Wolfe's custom Schmacher 28' Spadefoot has been abandoned in the Bermuda 1-2

    Here are the details as they are known from Spadefoot:

    Keel issues – and abandoning Spadefoot
    June 5, 2017 | Filed under: General

    1630 – Justin just called me to let me know he is heading towards Solaris, as ...
    Published on 06-05-2017 09:31 AM
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    Stephen Murray JR's Volvo 70 Warrior has set a new Annapolis to Newport course record. The old record of 42 hours, 58 minutes and 12 seconds, was set by the Farr ...
    Published on 06-04-2017 04:49 PM
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    4 June 2000 - Team Wichard emailed me. "A good day on the race course. Perfect weather and great sailing. Winds on the beam and just forward. Very variable, and a lot of work, to choose the right sail configurations and trim. There is a lot of sea grass. I'm out of the Gulf Stream. I received email from Trouble No Trouble and 806. Both are well, and in good spirits. I was unable to hail Pocket Rocket on VHF this evening.

    4 June 1730 ...
    Published on 06-04-2017 04:32 PM
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    NEWPORT, R.I. — Everybody loves a new race boat. But until it proves itself on the racecourse, there's always a tiny kernel of worry it won't live up to expectations, or even equal the performance of the boat being replaced. ...
    Published on 06-02-2017 07:35 AM
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    The sail training schooner 'Sorca' was lost at sea a few hundred miles SSE of Halifax over the weekend. She started taking on water ...
    Published on 05-23-2017 07:41 AM
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    12 Metre Class Announces Waypoint Regattas in ROAD TO THE WORLDS Series

    NEWPORT, R.I. (May 22, 2017) – The International 12 Metre Class (ITMA) has released locations and dates for the ROAD TO ...
    Published on 05-02-2017 08:57 AM
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    WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Coast Guard is searching for a man whose sailboat was discovered aground near Hatteras, Monday.

    Missing is Richard Tomlinson, 82, of Clearwater, ...
    Published on 04-08-2017 10:42 AM
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    April 8, 2017 - Charleston, S.C., U.S. - Melges 24 teams could not have asked for more spectacular racing conditions on opening day (April 7) at the 2017 U.S. Melges 24 National Championship hosted by the Charleston Yacht Club (ChYC). Plentiful sunshine, a shifty 20-25 knots of breeze and relatively moderate seas ushered in the event, along with a thousand smiles.

    PRO Hal Smith and his race committee did an amazing job with the ideal conditions presenting three championship-style ...
    Published on 04-06-2017 09:45 AM
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    Oakcliff Sailing announced the Oakcliff Triple Crown Series, a ground-breaking plan to reward athletes for their hard work and provide significant financial resources to assist them in achieving Olympic glory.

    The Triple Crown Series ...
    Published on 04-02-2017 03:37 PM
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    A cold, very wet, windy, and miserable day for sailing at the Dellenbaugh Women's Trophy, hosted by Brown University at the Edgewood Yacht Club. Despite the weather, we were able to get in 4 races in A-division and 2 in B-division. There was a heavy rain and ...
    Published on 02-17-2017 08:57 AM
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    If you plan on traversing these waterways on weekends and holidays and selective vacation dates, this will be the norm
    rather than the exception:

    MIAMI – The Coast Guard is scheduled to establish security ...
    Published on 02-13-2017 03:39 PM
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    Image © Marco Oquendo

    Report by Paul Cayard:

    Three races were held Saturday on Biscayne Bay for the Star class. A relatively large fleet of 33 boats were on the race track this morning ready to take on the mild easterly winds.

    I am sailing with my son Danny this weekend. Yesterday I flew to Miami from Bermuda where I spent the week visiting my daughter Allie; so I just have to say it, I am having a GREAT week!

    Danny and I started the weekend off the way you dream ...
    Published on 01-30-2017 08:43 AM
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    Miami, Fla. – The final five medal races were held at World Cup Series Miami 2017, Presented by Sunbrella (January 22-29, 2017) on Sunday, capping off a successful 28th year of North America’s premier Olympic classes regatta. U.S. Olympians Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.) won their fourth Miami medal in the last five years, with three of those medals being gold. The ...
    Published on 01-26-2017 04:56 PM
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    For Swiss RS:X sailor Mateo Sanz Lanz, success on the third day of racing at the 2017 World Series Cup Miami presented by Sunbrella was as much about what he didn't do as what he did do. In a gusty and shifty northeasterly breeze that moved about like an over-caffeinated flyweight boxer, Lanz finished first, third and fourth in three races.

    "Today was really shifty and gusty and during the races there were many changes of positions; it was crazy," said Lanz, who finished 14th at the Rio 2016 Olympics. "I didn't know really well what to do, [I tried to] just manage my position ...
    Published on 01-26-2017 09:01 AM
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    Even sailors who have committed in advance to another campaign traditionally take some time away from the sport after the Olympic Games. The question is usually how much time is needed to refresh the batteries without getting too stale. Decades ago these hiatuses were usually measured in years. Now it's more likely to be weeks or months.
    The British duo of Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves finished ninth at Rio 2016 in the mixed multihull and then took the rest of the year off. They got back into the Nacra 17 for the first time a few weeks ago ...