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    Published on 06-21-2017 10:20 AM
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    13 year old David Little of the Stockton Sailing Club has been advancing his sailing skills
    as well a his command of drones. David and SSC member Marvin McDougal spent the day of the Ditch Run chasing the fleet
    via land and sky. 1st at Pittsburg and then an undisclosed area closer to the SSC.

    David's ...
    Published on 06-18-2017 12:51 PM
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    Saturday morning at 9:30 am HST, June 17, 2017, Hōkūle‘a along with sister-ship Hikianalia returned home to Hawaii after a three-year worldwide voyage. Their tour ...
    Published on 06-14-2017 11:29 AM
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    The route of the Kite Foiling tag team of Riley Gibbs and Johnny Heineken.




    Sailing the Ditch Run is pretty much an all day affair. Or at least it used to be. Throw in a couple of olympic
    caliber athletes and modern kite foiling gear and a chase boat for support and you can cut the travel time drastically.

    How fast you ask?

    How about 2 hours, 21 Minutes and 21 seconds, start to finish!

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    Published on 06-12-2017 05:37 PM
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    2017 Delta Ditch Run as seen by the lead Moore 24

    We raced with two this year for the first time. This decision was difficult for both of us as it meant excluding Denis Mulligan. But he weighs about 180 pounds plus gear and beer and the wining boats for the last several years have all double handed. We have been second many times but had not won this race yet after years of trying.

    The weather predictions showed a lot of north at the start and predictions were accurate. We started with the #1. The gun went off and I looked up and down the line and knew we had a good start as. The ...
    Published on 06-12-2017 02:43 PM
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    Los Angeles, CA – Race managers at the Transpacific YC have divided this year’s fleet of 55 entries into seven Monohull and one Multihull divisions for next month’s start of the 49th biennial Los Angeles-Honolulu ...
    Published on 06-12-2017 02:25 PM
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    The 2nd stop of the 2017 PAC 52 Class West Coast Tour concluded Sunday at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club.
    Sunny skies and moderate breeze with a building swell during the weekend gave the sailors a great workout with
    8 races completed. While the immediate results may not indicate it, the boats and crews were very evenly matched
    throughout the event, with boats all sailing in close proximity and lead changes aplenty. In the end, the weekend
    belong to Frank Slootman's Invisible Hand ringing up 4 bullets and 4 deuces to edge out Tom Holthus's BadPak by 4 points.
    The two boat will switch to offshore mode after the upcoming Long Beach Race Week, and see what damage they can do in the
    Transpac.

    Victor Wild's FOX, the most experienced ...
    Published on 06-12-2017 10:37 AM
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    J-24 Shut Up And Drive performs a man overboard drill for us and for extra
    style points goes for the full kite douse and shrimp, effectively slowing boat down
    to help get crew on board. A total of 40 frames worth compressed to just 10...







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    Published on 06-10-2017 07:53 AM
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    Mellow breezes, flat seas and wall to wall sunshine greeted the four participants in day 1 of the 2nd stop of the
    PAC52 Class West Coast Tour, The Newport Harbor YC's inaugural One Design Offshore Championship.

    Frank Slootman's revamped Invisible Hand, with Gavin Brady calling the shots enjoyed pulling out a couple of bullets ...
    Published on 06-08-2017 07:30 AM
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    Coast Guard assists boater taking on water near Golden Gate Bridge




    SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard assisted a mariner aboard a 32-foot sailing vessel after he reportedly struck Duxbury ...
    Published on 06-04-2017 02:44 PM
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    SAN DIEGO (June 3, 2017) Returning for its second year, the 2017 California Offshore Race Week featured the combined powers of five yacht clubs along the California coast. With efforts from Encinal Yacht Club, San Francisco Yacht Club, Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, Santa Barbara Yacht Club, and San Diego Yacht Club, a week-long schedule of races occurred covering almost ...
    Published on 06-03-2017 12:41 PM
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    The 2017 SoCal 300 is still underway, but with the boats still finishing far enough in arrears, it is pretty
    safe to say that Frank Slootman's Pac 52' Invisible Hand has completed a trifecta in the 1st offshore event in the
    boat's debut season. Monohull Line Honors, 1st in ORR Overall and 1st in ORR Div A!
    We caught up with Frank after completing the 245nm dash from Santa Barbara to San Diego, the last leg of the 2017 California ...
    Published on 06-02-2017 04:22 PM
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    A knock out drag out fight to the finish has emerged in the SoCal 300 as the lead boats sailed into extreme
    light air earlier today, allowing the rest of the fleet to catch up. What was once Invisible Hand's race to lose in the
    all departments (aside from the multihull line honors) has witnessed a shuffling ...
    Published on 06-02-2017 07:50 AM
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    Before the mast folded in "Grungy" conditions, Karl Robrock and Gilles Combrisson enjoyed
    some devine conditions on the Moore 24' Snafu, doing what Moore ...
    Published on 06-02-2017 07:22 AM
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    Overnight ocean match race between Frank Slootman's PAC 52' Invisible Hand and his old RP 63', now Steve Meheen's Aszhou
    wen on through the night with boats side by side, eating up over 120 nm in the ...
    Published on 06-01-2017 09:03 PM
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    Frank Slootman's Pac 52 Invisible Hand is doing a number on the the fleet in the 2017
    SoCal 300...70 miles in and she has jumped out to a nice lead over boats 18 feet longer!
    Invisible Hand ...
    Published on 06-01-2017 04:58 PM
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    The fleet is off and running in the final leg of the California Offshore Race Week, the SoCal 300.
    Light winds at start off Santa Barbara but the lead boats are getting into pressure in the late afternoon
    and should enjoy decent winds on the southward portion of the race, leg 2 if you will. When they turn at the
    gate at bottom ...
    Published on 06-01-2017 04:18 PM
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    Maserati Mod 70 is ramping up its plan for the 2017 Transpac. As seen here the new foils
    have arrived at KKMI in Richmond and Giovanni Soldini and crew are fine tuning the rig and
    getting ready to re-launch ...
    Published on 06-01-2017 03:43 PM
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    Talk Time with Karl Robrock...

    Finally got Karl on the line... He has a very bright outlook on things and has mixed emotions of what transpired.
    1st of all, he emphasizes, despite being on the edge, that's what Moores do well and those that sail them thrive on.
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    Published on 05-31-2017 03:55 PM
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    "We were in some deep shit" Says Gilles Combrisson, who was sailing double handed on the Moore 24 Snafu with Karl Robrock in this years Coastal Cup, a modified version, some 204 nm from Monterey to Santa Barbara.


    "We got into it early, just south of Point Sur, with winds in the med to high 20's with big puffs in the 30's. It was grungy" Gilles adds.


    The pair are no slouches to offshore racing in Moore 24's and both have logged thousands of miles on Snafu, including winning the Iwi Double Handed division in the Pac Cup in ...
    Published on 05-30-2017 08:28 AM
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    Just off the phone with USCG Station Monterey.

    SNAFU did in fact dismast last night about 21:20 and was assisted by Azure and Junkyard Dog for a few hours. ...