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    Published on 08-24-2017 09:52 PM
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    Lionheart Draws Level With World Championship Leader Hanuman

    The sizeable spectator fleet on the waters off Newport, Rhode Island were treated to another pair of engaging, exciting races at the inaugural J Class World Championship, witnessing the return of one of the pre-regatta title favourites, Lionheart.

    Already counting three third places Lionheart were prowling, poised only three points behind regatta leaders Hanuman going into today's Races 4 and 5 of the championship. The team lead by Bouwe Bekking won the first windward-leeward and then ...
    Published on 08-21-2017 04:38 PM
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    Historic Six Strong J Class Line Up for Inaugural World Championship in Newport

    In the long and storied history of the J Class, Newport Rhode Island is a very special place. It was when the event moved from New York City to Narrangansett Bay for the 1930 regatta that the America's Cup was first raced for the very first time in J Class yachts. The Vanderbilt syndicate's Enterprise prevailed against Shamrock V. Harold S Vanderbilt won again in the colours of the New York Yacht ...
    Published on 08-21-2017 04:13 PM
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    Image © Barracuda Communication

    Over the weekend, the 2017 US National Championships (clicky) were decided in Newport, R.I. and the winning
    team, Pacific Yankee took home the title as well as some momentum heading in to the 2017 Melges
    Worlds, also to be held in Newport in the 1st week on October. We tracked down Drew Freides for some insight into
    his program and whats involved at this level of competition:
    Published on 08-21-2017 09:47 AM
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    Some gorgious imagery via the lens of Carlo Borlenghi as the J-Class yachts gather in Newport ahead of the
    J-Class World Championships

    Published on 08-11-2017 11:25 AM
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    BOSTON — The Coast Guard is scheduled to be out in full force Friday through Sunday enforcing paddlecraft safety.

    Since April 2017, the Coast Guard has conducted more than 370 paddlecraft boardings and ...
    Published on 08-03-2017 09:04 AM
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    PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is searching for an overdue French sailor between North Carolina and New York City Wednesday.

    Watchstanders in the 5th Coast Guard District Command Center in Portsmouth received a report at 7 a.m. ...
    Published on 07-18-2017 04:03 PM
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    UPDATED at 5 p.m.: A 12-year-old boy was killed after he was struck by a boat propeller during a sailing lesson in the vicinity of Centerport Yacht Club on Tuesday afternoon, police ...
    Published on 07-09-2017 09:57 AM
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    NEWPORT, R.I. (Jul. 8, 2017) - With a much drier start, Melges 20 teams took to the ‘outside’ race course on Narragansett Bay for Day Two of the 2017 Sail Newport Regatta. With 8-9 knots of breeze out of the Southwest, the fleet got underway with a ...
    Published on 07-05-2017 10:15 AM
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    Justin Wolfe is one lucky sailor. He elaborates in his LATEST ENTRY in his sailing blog. If you recall, Justin was participating
    in the Bermuda 1-2 back in June when he was forced to abandon CLICKY his sailboat the Carl Schumacher 28' built in 2000 by Schooner Creek Boatworks.

    There are bits and pieces of this saga on Facebook and sailing forums, but I thought it would be good to put all of this in one place for ...
    Published on 07-04-2017 12:19 PM
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    The trimaran MACIF crossed the finish line of The Bridge on Monday at 13:31 (17:31pm GMT)

    She secures the win in the crewed transatlantic race between Saint Nazaire and New York in 8 days 31 minutes and 20 seconds

    It's the third victory in three years in a transatlantic ...
    Published on 07-01-2017 09:52 AM
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    The Queen Mary sails into New York Harbor early Saturday morning, well ahead of the 4 French competing trimarans which were competing
    in "The Bridge"...

    THE BRIDGE is an unprecedented challenge: the celebration of 100 years of friendship and solidarity between France and the United States, a historic transatlantic race between Queen Mary 2 and ...
    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. ...