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    Published on 04-15-2018 10:26 AM
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    An extra race on Saturday due to Sunday forecast



    Concern about what Sunday might bring made Saturday all the more important at Sperry Charleston Race Week 2018. Forecasts call for a front to move through town and there is no way to predict how much racing will be completed on the final day. As the skies darkened over Charleston Harbor on Saturday evening, the leaders had to feel good about their position while the followers were hoping for an opportunity to change the final standings.

    “We’re still in the hunt. Hopefully, we’ll get two or three more races tomorrow and be able to improve our position,” said Savasana skipper Brian Keane, who holds fourth place in J/70 class.

    Plans had called for the J/70 fleet to conduct three races ...
    Published on 04-14-2018 08:31 AM
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    Champagne Conditions on Day One
    J/24 skipper Tony Parker called it “champagne conditions” and it would be hard to argue with that assessment.

    Mother Nature delivered in a big way on the first day of Sperry Charleston Race Week with action getting underway in strong winds, sunny skies and warm temperatures.

    Ten of the 11 classes competing on the four inshore circles were able to complete four races in winds that ranged from 12 to 16 knots and swung from south to slightly southwest. The lone exception was the highly competitive J/70 class, which did three races at the request of the sailors.

    Because there are 66 boats in J/70, ...
    Published on 04-12-2018 05:35 PM
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    246 Boats On The Scratch Sheet



    Competitors in Sperry Charleston Race Week 2018 were hurriedly carrying equipment, sail bags and other gear down to the docks while the various vendors were busily setting up shop.

    Event director Randy Draftz and other organizers with Charleston Ocean Racing Association were huddled in a conference room going over last-minute details while volunteers were working furiously to install the infrastructure that transforms the beach area into a thriving party venue.
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    Published on 03-04-2018 01:24 PM
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    70 stray cargo containers pose threat to mariners off North Carolina

    PORTSMOUTH, Va.— The Coast Guard is warning mariners of navigation hazards after about 70 cargo containers fell off of a cargo ship Saturday night, about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina.

    The cargo ship Maersk Shanghai contacted watchstanders ...
    Published on 01-07-2018 08:41 AM
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    This is what a bomb cyclone did to our dinghy fleet. Who doesn't love a boat full of snow and sand crust? Fortunately ...
    Published on 10-15-2017 08:38 PM
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    Rhode Island's tall ship loses power, hits multiple boats before grounding in Newport Harbor

    BOSTON — Coast Guard Station Castle Hill is providing a safety zone in Newport Harbor, ...
    Published on 10-08-2017 11:04 AM
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    Freides Wins Melges 20 World Championship




    With new World Champion Drew Freides atop the overall division, Canada's Quigg goes on to clinch Corinthian World Champ title

    NEWPORT, R.I. (October 7, 2017) - After eight races, eight ...
    Published on 10-07-2017 09:15 AM
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    Change of Pace at Melges 20 Worlds




    A lengthy morning postponement gave way to one light air Melges 20 World Championship race, again shuffling the standings with one final day to go

    NEWPORT, R.I. (October 6, 2017) - After two days of perfect Southwest Newport breeze, Day Three of the Melges 20 World Championship dawned ...
    Published on 10-05-2017 05:30 PM
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    Newport Delivers More of a Good Thing at Melges 20 World Championship

    Day Two of the Melges 20 Worlds featured another Sou'Wester and a near perfect day of sailing. Three challenging races shuffled the standings, but Drew Freides remains in the lead

    NEWPORT, R.I. (October 5, 2017) - As sailors waited at Sail Newport for the Day Two morning announcement on the course location from PRO Peter 'Luigi" Reggio, debates were ...
    Published on 10-05-2017 09:14 AM
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    Melges 20 Worlds kicks off in epic fashion with a perfect Southwest breeze at 18-23 kts, three races were completed in near perfect conditions

    NEWPORT, R.I. (October 4, 2017) - Tourists come to Newport for fall foliage and clam chowder. Sailors come for yachting history and the legendary Newport Sou'wester Breeze which arrived on Day One of the 2017 Melges 20 World Championship. Mixing ...
    Published on 10-02-2017 09:41 AM
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    Runner-up status was on the line during the final day of the 2017 SAP 5O5 World Championship. Having clinched the championship with a tremendous performance on Thursday, Mike Holt and Carl Smit were able to watch the last race from the comfort of a powerboat – no doubt thrilled they did not have determine the title on a light and fluky day.

    After a few false starts, Race 8 got underway in a six knot zephyr that was just barely above the class-mandated minimum. Maneuverability was difficult and principal race officer Sandy Grosvenor had to declare two general ...
    Published on 09-27-2017 09:37 AM
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    ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND – At long last the weather cooperated and organizers of the 2017 SAP 5O5 World Championship took full advantage of a day with steady, consistent wind. Principal race officer Sandy Grosvenor reeled off three races on Tuesday, bringing the series total to four and ensuring this is now an official championship.

    Tuesday proved eventful as the British team of Andy Smith and Roger Gilbert grabbed the overall lead while the German entry of Nikola Birkner and Angela Stenger became the first all-female team to win a race at the SAP 5O5 World Championship.

    Smith and Gilbert won the ...
    Published on 09-26-2017 08:07 AM
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    "Hard day for 505 sailors in Annapolis. Due no wind there were no racing
    The forecast is promising for next days so we hope that the 505 will show
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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:
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    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












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    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 ...