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    Published on 05-24-2019 09:52 AM
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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The July 31 deadline to enter Rolex Big Boat Series is fast approaching, and a whole new class of boat is now invited to attend. The crown jewel of St. Francis Yacht Club’s racing calendar since its inaugural 1964 event, this year fans and participants will witness boats racing on San Francisco Bay that are older than the regatta.
    “StFYC is thrilled to welcome the Classics ...
    Published on 05-22-2019 10:47 AM
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    The addition of a 500 nm Race from San Francisco Bay to San Diego as part of the California Offshore Race Week
    was intended to provide some of the larger boats engaging in the Transpac A chance to stretch their legs a little
    and skip the shallow water marinas involved with other legs of the Race Week. The concept originated with Manouch Moshayedi,
    owner of RIO 100', seeking way to get some of Sleds and Maxi's and opportunity for a mid range feeder event for the Transpac.

    Ironically, when RIO 100's main competitor, Steve Meheen's Botin 80' Cabron was unable to be ready in time for race,
    and Jim Cooney and Samantha Grants' Comanche still in transit, the maxi participation was quelled before it really got started.

    However, in a strange twist of fate, the 3 Mod 70's that were eyeballing the Transpac for some time quickly took up the offer and will be trailblazing their way
    down the coast beginning Thursday May 30th . This is the 1st race on the West Coast with 3 Mod 70s competing together, sort of a rebirth of the class which showed so
    much promise when 1st conceived in 2009. See History. With Giovanni Soldini's Maserati hooking up with
    Jason Carroll's Argo and Peter Cunningham's PowerPlay all set to launch a new offshore event and possibly sending a charge back in to the MOD 70 class for more
    level competition in these mile devouring beast's, the best may be yet to come. We have managed to get Maserati's fresh off the stove press release and insight's from
    PowerPlay's Charlie Ogletree and Argo's Chad Corning on their views of the boat, the race and the future:

    Press Release n. 1 – May 22nd, 2019
    California Offshore Race Week – CA 500
    Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini in California for the first edition
    Published on 05-21-2019 09:01 AM
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    Published on 05-20-2019 04:00 PM
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    The Crew of Monsoon Irene enjoy a cold one after a a cool, moist day in May on the Bay.

    A very unusual deluge, mor March like brought 20 knots plus and over an inch of rain to the Central Bay on Saturday
    but the hard core were ...
    Published on 05-13-2019 04:25 PM
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    Saturday May 11th, aka Mothers Day Eve was a busy one outside The Gate, with 2 offshore events going on, individually.

    The Single Handed Sailing Society's Single Handed Farallone got off to an early start, with 1st gun @ 0800 off the GGYC,
    which was also being utilized by a swimming event with humans and a couple grey whales feeding. 40 boats in 5 divisions
    were ushered ...
    Published on 05-06-2019 05:39 PM
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    Near perfect conditions blessed the 132 boats in 18 divisions that attended the YRA's Annual Celebration of the Cinco d' Mayo
    downhill rally/race with to Vallejo to usher in another season of summer sailing in Nor Cal. A pleasant 8-12 knots of wind filled
    in early combined with a 1.9knot flood that ran throughout the afternoon made for easy, non-stressful sailing with little tactical
    strategy required. The most tactical decision appeared to be which part of the channel was carrying the most current, ...
    Published on 05-06-2019 08:21 AM
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    A few frames from Saturday while the editing process moves forward

    Results By Division

    Down Hill Ratings

    Uphill Race

    Over All

    Published on 05-03-2019 04:59 PM
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    The last practice session and a fine one it was!

    Winds 20 knot plus and building ebb made things edgy for teams, especially for the Aussies and China coming off boat damage
    in earlier days.

    Outteridge came out firing and is the boat to beat. Even after a brief slowdown, Team Japan quickly hit warp speed and resumed ...
    Published on 05-02-2019 08:39 AM
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    Sightings 2 days in a row have forced the F-50's off their foils and into displacement mode.

    SF Bay has become a destination stopover for ...
    Published on 05-01-2019 02:21 PM
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    Tuesday, the final day of April, 2019.... The 1st formal practice day.

    Cool, crisp spring like day with winds 18-22 and a bit of ebb running, but nothing too menacing.

    Setup, very much like AC races, but only one whirlybird for the sailgp people and channel 2 news copter.

    USCG had 3-4 boats out on perimeter, but had few customers to ...
    Published on 05-01-2019 10:08 AM
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    1st practice race for teams on Tuesday with winds in the 18-22 knot range. Phil Robertson's Team China
    near capsize and violent stop which does not stop the sail from continuing, result? Day is over for team
    and will have some long hours in the the mend shop to get her ...
    Published on 04-30-2019 08:08 AM
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    A surprise gathering on the Cityfront for 5 teams exercising their right to rip!

    All but Team USA were in attendance, which had a gathering planned for the Giants vs Dodgers
    game at Oracle Park (previously known as pac bell or at&t).

    Brilliant sun, flat flooding conditions ...
    Published on 04-29-2019 11:15 AM
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    The footprint of the F-50 Village is taking shape between the StFYC and Golden Gate YC

    Practice races are scheduled for Tuesday and Friday between 12:30 and 2:00 PM
    Published on 04-28-2019 11:45 AM
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    OYRA Full Crewed Lightship Race was a brisk one. And The South Tower Demon was wide awake
    and throwing turbulence and wind shifts with authority! Satay tuned for full write up...


    Published on 04-23-2019 12:39 PM
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    After months of anticipation and recent weeks of media bombardment, the Foiling 50's 2019 World Tour finally
    started getting underway. The USA Team was 1st to splash and 1st to practice. After a 2.5 hour delay,
    the boat finally was released from its Estuary mooring and it was time to get thing rolling.

    If you have not yet figured out where the secret homebase is for this event, it's west of the Park Street Bridge ...
    Published on 04-23-2019 07:44 AM
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    Stay tuned for the UNaccredited reportee

    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 ...