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    Published on 04-19-2019 09:45 AM
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    First boat to enter is Matt Brooks's 53-foot S&S ketch DORADE, shown close to the finish line in the 2013 Transpac - photo Sharon Green/Ultimate Sailing

    The 16th edition of this 3570-mile ocean race has already
    attracted five entries, including 1930 classic 53-foot ketch DORADE

    LOS ANGELES, CA - Even though still over a year away, ...
    Published on 04-15-2019 03:24 PM
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    Testing of Early Prototype of the Pedal Drive system

    The team went through many iterations of its Pedal Drive, every time learning about what is needed for the next iteration. The first time we installed it, we confirmed that there was thrust, that perhaps we needed a slightly bigger gear and ...
    Published on 04-14-2019 11:45 AM
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    After a recent, shall we say disagreement earlier in the year at SDYC Midwinters had left the PAC52 Class
    in a state of unsureness, with RIO opting out and vowing to race instead in the handicap TP52 division at the second stop
    of the PAC 52 West Coast Championship Series, the class looked very much in flux.

    Yet Friday's results and photos from the event, showed RIO indeed back in the fleet after last minute negotiations put her back
    in the PAC52 division. (They needed 4 boats to qualify for their own start). Tight competition in 3 races on ...
    Published on 04-12-2019 09:07 AM
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    Maxime Mesnil (FRA) dominated the Open Division during the second day of racing at the 2019 World Sailing Nations Cup Grand Final. In the Women’s Division Nicole Breault (USA) and Pauline Courtois (FRA) continued to rack up wins through the afternoon, sailing into a late afternoon face-off with seven wins each; the eighth was Breault’s.

    Mesnil opened the day winning a tight race ...
    Published on 04-11-2019 09:20 AM
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    It was picket fences for both French teams – top-ranked Women’s skipper Pauline Courtois and Open Division skipper Maxime Mesnil, as well as defending Nations Cup Women’s Champion Nicole Breault (USA) after the first day of racing at the 2019 World Sailing Nations Cup Grand Final, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club.

    Competition commenced with 10 women’s division teams from around the world facing off in round robin ...
    Published on 04-08-2019 03:29 PM
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    A visit to the BYC Wheeler course at the scheduled start time of High Noon paid little dividends as a dark cloud lingered overhead
    with none wind and wet stuff falling from it as boats motored about waiting for the wind to build from the predicted south.

    Over to the West, J-Fest seemed to be enjoying a fresh batch of SW winds. The ...
    Published on 04-08-2019 08:18 AM
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    Saturdays Double Handed Lightship Race, the 25nm jaunt out to SF Bay Entrance buoy and back to the GGYC and hosted by the Island YC,
    came just one week after the Double Handed Farallones, indicating that the Nor Cal offshore racing season is in full swing.

    With light winds at the start and a very sizable 8-12 long period swell hitting the coast, 23 dedicated doublehanded crews made their way out the gate
    fighting the beginnings of predicted 2.3 knot flood. While 23 boats might seem ...
    Published on 04-06-2019 06:52 PM
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    Nathalie Criou and Brian Boschma take line honors in today's Double Handed Lightship Race hosted
    by the Island Yacht Club.... more to follow!

    Published on 04-06-2019 06:34 PM
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    The super secret F-50 Base in _______________ is near completion and nearly ready to start assembling boats.

    Anybody ...
    Published on 04-03-2019 09:12 AM
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    San Francisco, April 3, 2019. Entries for the 2020 Pacific Cup, the FUN race to Hawaii, are now open. The race is open to seaworthy boats in fully-crewed, doublehanded, ...
    Published on 03-31-2019 11:47 AM
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    Randy Miller / Colin Dunphy aboard Mama Tried setting the pace on Saturdays
    BAMA Double Handed Farallones. The completed the lap du Stinkee Rocks @ 15:58:24,
    the only boat to finish before 4:00 PM. An extremely light start with generous ebb pushed the fleet
    out the channel where a light NW breeze slowly climbed in low teens until 14:00 when it reached the 20 knot range.

    Manageable seas in the 5-6 foot range and wall to wall sunshine made this year's offshore opener an enjoyable
    venture even if it wasn't particularly ...
    Published on 03-26-2019 04:17 PM
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    March 23rd showed promise. In years gone by, the winds of March were consistent. Persistent even.
    But the winter of 2018-2019 has been consistently wet with few sunny breaks and the predictable NW clearing winds not in the forecast. This Saturday’s prognosis was different. NW winds 15-25 in the afternoon. Now that is more like it.

    As March rolls into the SF Bay Area, sailors switch from midwinter mode to events that have Spring in their titles. ...
    Published on 03-26-2019 08:33 AM
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    "And for your efforts to promote the event, the sport and all it stands for"

    Love Russell and Company ...
    Published on 03-24-2019 09:53 AM
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    Springing Into Victory... Team Ocealys laying the hammer down in Saturdays OYC Rites Of Spring Regatta...

    Certainly ...
    Published on 03-21-2019 08:57 AM
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    Good Call on her way the line honors. image © Will Suto

    “It wasn’t what we were thinking was going to happen” Jeff Brown, boat captain and helmsman for Tom Barkers Swan 60FD Good Call says “We literally were thinking of the race as a shakedown to get the boat ready for the Transpac, and we got really, really lucky.”

    Good Calls clean layout

    Watermaker with lots of capacity means plenty of fresh water to go around!
    Published on 03-20-2019 10:02 AM
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    With Aloha and Brigadoon just minutes from the finish, the count of boats completed the 800 nm
    Cabo Race will grow to 12, leaving just 10 boats on the course. 6 of those boats will be from Saturday's
    start of ORR 1 and ORR 2, 5 of which have retired, Mr Bill and Cal Maritime joining the retiree list.

    Published on 03-19-2019 09:31 PM
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    Full story in the morning! Image © Bronny Daniels

    Published on 03-19-2019 10:10 AM
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    Overnight, Tom Barkers Swan 60 FD Good Call passed the 3 front runners from ORR 5 with authority
    and is now 9 miles in front with just 91 NM to the finish. The ORR5 Triple threat of Chubasco, Brown Eyed Girl
    and Marisol are currently all locked up with 100 nm to go and each doing 60 knots. Bob Pethick's Rogers 46' Bretwalda3
    is charging hard and taken over 5th for line honors...

    Published on 03-18-2019 10:18 AM
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    With 256 nm to the finish, Cynthia Hyde's Beneteau First 44.7 Brown Eyed Girl is in a dead heat for line honors
    at this moment with Will Durant's Sparkman & Stephen Yawl Chubasco and Seth Hall's J-124 Marisol
    with just minutes separating on corrected, each making a respectable 5.8 knots VGM since start. If they can
    stay in pressure, they may be able to stave off ...
    Published on 03-17-2019 01:13 PM
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    MOD 70 Maserati has withdrawn from 2019 Cabo Race.

    With forecast models looking dismal for the next few days in the SoCal ...