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    Published on 07-15-2019 09:10 AM
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    12 Metre World Championship:
    World Titles Claimed in Four Divisions
    NEWPORT, R.I. (July 13, 2019) – It couldn’t have been any more exciting on the fifth and final day of the 2019 12 Metre World Championship hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and organized by the International Twelve Metre Association’s (ITMA) Americas Fleet. With Nyala (US-12) having clinched her series early in the Vintage Division after a sweep of yesterday’s two races, it came down to today’s single race to determine World Champions in Grand Prix, Modern and Traditional Divisions. ...
    Published on 07-11-2019 06:23 PM
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    NEWPORT, R.I. (July 11, 2019) – Two races in 11-14 knot breezes today proved that winning will be no easy task at the 2019 12 Metre World Championship hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and organized by the International Twelve Metre Association’s (ITMA) Americas Fleet. Champions will be crowned in five divisions on Saturday after the completion of a nine-race series (weather permitting) that started on Tuesday in Newport, R.I. The fleet of 21 12 Metres from six nations sailed in the “upper Bay” north of the iconic Pell Bridge instead of “outside” on Rhode Island Sound where it was sailed for the first two days of ...
    Published on 07-10-2019 08:48 AM
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    12 METRE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: AND THEY’RE OFF!
    NEWPORT, R.I. (July 2019) – After a postponement ashore and then on the water this morning, a light breeze filled in nicely for the most part of two races on Rhode Island Sound at the 12 Metre World Championship hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and organized by the International Twelve Metre Association’s (ITMA) Americas Fleet. The five-day event started today amidst much anticipation and excitement for the spectacle of such a large gathering of 12 Metres on one stage. Racing were 21 of the historic yachts, with many of those having ...
    Published on 07-08-2019 09:36 AM



    Lightning quick reflexes by Harry Minucci caught this strike in Boston Harbor
    on Saturday was a series of thunderheads ...
    Published on 07-08-2019 09:22 AM
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    12 METRE PRE-WORLDS: LAST BLAST BEFORE THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    NEWPORT, R.I. (July 2019) – In preparation for next week’s 12 Metre World Championship (July 8-13) in Newport, R.I., a fleet of 16 12 Metres competed in Sail Newport’s annual Newport Regatta and counted it as their official 12 Metre Pre-Worlds. After five races over two days (July 6-7), New Zealand (KZ-3), Victory ’83, (K-22) Columbia (US-16) and Nyala (US-12) became the names to beat, winning their respective divisions, but not without a fight. This regatta foreshadowed the intense competition to come when 22 of these yachts – considered ...
    Published on 07-01-2019 02:33 PM
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    Image © Nancy Bloom

    Article by LISA McCURDY/Newport Life


    The 12 Metre World Championship July 8–13 will be the largest gathering of 12 Metre yachts in U.S. history, and the second largest in the world, ever.

    A sailor perches on the foredeck of a 12 Metre–class yacht, ignoring the deafening din of flapping sails and fluttering rigging that engulfs him. The bowman wedges himself onto the forwardmost portion of the deck, craning his neck over the bow as his eyes sweep left to right and back ...
    Published on 07-01-2019 02:09 PM
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    NEWPORT TROPHY REGATTA SHOWDOWN WON BY COLUMBIA, CHALLENGE XII AND NEW ZEALAND
    NEWPORT, R.I. (June 30 2019) – The Newport Trophy Regatta hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and held this weekend (June 29-30) for ten 12 Metres, gave a sneak preview of the intense racing to come in July’s 12 Metre World Championship, where ...
    Published on 06-28-2019 10:22 AM
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    Transatlantic Race 2019 Fleet Contending with Light Patches and Gulf Stream


    NEWPORT, R.I. — The conditions on the open Atlantic Ocean are far from white knuckle, but the tactics playing out in the Transatlantic Race 2019 are never more interesting.


    It’s perhaps due to the lack of screaming conditions that the action is so compelling. Rather than dodging waves and squalls, the fleet is scampering around light patches while setting up for the effects of the Gulf Stream.

    At the head of the fleet the supermaxi SHK Scallywag, skippered by Australian David Witt, seems to have sailed ...
    Published on 06-24-2019 08:58 AM
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    NEW YORK – June 22, 2019 – In front of large crowds lining the waterfront in downtown Manhattan, the Japan SailGP Team – helmed by double Olympic medalist Nathan Outteridge – beat off strong competition from Tom Slingsby’s Australia SailGP Team to win its first event in the inaugural SailGP season.

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    Published on 06-21-2019 06:13 PM
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    Race 1

    The drama of New York SailGP started before the race even began with the Great Britain SailGP Team capsizing just minutes before 'go.' The fleet was gun-shy right from the start, the Australia and Japan SailGP Teams led off the start line, ...
    Published on 06-21-2019 03:05 PM
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    No stranger to high-pressure situations, just 90 minutes before race time today Jeff Causey swapped his shore manager hard hat for a sailing helmet and calmly stepped into the cockpit of the supercharged F50 to ...
    Published on 06-10-2019 04:32 PM
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    Friends of Prospector

    As many of you know Prospector dismasted at 3am on Sunday June 9th while participating in the 2019 Annapolis to Newport Race. At the time of the incident we were in the Atlantic approximately ...
    Published on 06-10-2019 09:03 AM
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    Report by Bill Wagner


    Prospector, the Mills 68 that was chasing the Annapolis-to-Newport Race record, was dismasted in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

    Prospector was sailing upwind in 20-25 knots of wind and pounding into eight-foot seas in the Atlantic Ocean when the rig failed around 3 a.m.

    Annapolis resident Marty Roesch, one of four owners of the high-tech racing machine, said the headstay parted at the mast and the entire rig came down.

    “The tang for the forestay sheared off for reasons we don’t know yet,” Roesch said. “We were pounding upwind in heavy air and high seas. There was 20,000 pounds of load on the backstay. When the forestay failed the backstay pulled the rig down.”

    Roesch said the mast fell ...
    Published on 06-04-2019 04:42 PM
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    It's a heartbreaking sight with which we now must live and carry on. Le wreck was moved from the rocks on Sunday by Trident Marine, a local company, and is finally on hard since this morning.

    The poor and changing weather from the last days made ...
    Published on 06-04-2019 01:42 PM
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    DECADES LATER, CHAMPIONS RETURN TO CLAIM 12 METRE WORLD TITLE
    NEWPORT, RI (May 14, 2019) – When the 12 Metre World Championship comes to Newport, R.I. this summer (July 8-13), it will celebrate one of the greatest classes in world sailing history. The 112-year-old International 12 Metre Class encompasses a living history of racing yacht design by the world’s foremost naval architects who pushed their designs to the very limits of innovation. The resulting boats represented the pinnacle of yacht development from 1907-1987 for the highest levels of international sailing competition: the Olympic Games (1908-1920) and the America’s Cup (1958-1987).

    “It’s going to make quite a statement to the world when 21 of these historic 12 Metres – the largest gathering ever in the U.S. – converge ...
    Published on 05-31-2019 01:16 PM
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    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Coast Guard crews rescued a man and woman from a capsized sailboat about 65 miles east of Atlantic City late Wednesday night.

    The Coast Guard’s Fifth District Command Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, was notified of the vessel’s distress after receiving an alert from the crew’s Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon.

    Watchstanders called the emergency contact registered with the EPIRB, who said the mariners have been sailing around the world for the past few years ...
    Published on 05-25-2019 07:29 AM
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    Pretty discouraging': Looters ransack sailboat that ran aground off Lunenburg

    'I think it's way more heartbreaking to see that kind of behaviour in these conditions than the accident'
    Susan Bradley · CBC News · Posted: May 24, 2019 7:53 PM AT | Last Updated: May 24

    The sailboat Esprit de Corps IV is shown ...
    Published on 05-24-2019 09:06 AM
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    The Ocean Sailboat Spirit of corps iv in return of its race season in the Caribbean has failed on cross island, around 4 AM AST, this Wednesday, may 22th.

    While the sailboat was only 20 NM from its arrival Port Lunenburg, NS, and under very reduced wing, strong coastal winds of up to 50 kts have complicated the maneuver of ...
    Published on 05-08-2019 03:46 PM
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    Bermuda Bound!
    Start of the 2019 Antigua Bermuda Race

    The 2019 Antigua Bermuda Race fleet set off on Wednesday 8th May off Fort Charlotte, Antigua. A perfect start saw brilliant sunshine and 20 knots trade winds combining to produce spectacular conditions for the international fleet. Close to a hundred sailors from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, ...
    Published on 04-15-2019 09:32 AM
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    Sperry Charleston Race Week concluded in spectacular fashion with strong winds producing exciting action and several classes being decided during the last race.

    VX One, J/88, Viper 640, Melges 24 and ORC C were the windward-leeward classes that went down to the wire. Winners for five of the six Pursuit Hybrid and Pursuit Race, which were unable to complete any racing on Saturday, were also determined on Sunday. Mike Bruno said following Friday’s racing that he’s been jinxed at Sperry Charleston Race Week, suffering problems that prevented podium finishes in 2018 and 2017. The Armonk, New York resident thought his bad luck would be extended when Wings was ruled on-course-side in Race 9 and had to restart.

    “We came into the day saying we were going to be conservative and not make any mistakes then we got tangled up with another boat at the start and right out of the gate we were over early,” ...