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    Published on 08-19-2019 02:03 PM
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    Images from the 2019 Aldo Allesio & Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Cup, Saturdays Racing....

    After 4-5 days of superheated bay conditions, the trigger was released over the weekend just in time
    to send participants on some wild downhill rides across the central bay, with a predicted 2.8 knot flood and a start
    line ...
    Published on 08-13-2019 03:53 PM
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    Report by Tom Burden

    An Aloha Family Tradition
    Kui Lim and his brother Yal campaigned 470-class dinghies at the Olympic level and trained with Dave Ullman. JV Gilmour races 18' skiffs at insane speeds. His mom Vickie, a respected US Sailing judge, lives on the water with a Grand Banks cruiser tied to the dock outside her house. Buzz Blackett is the owner of California Condor, a bleeding-edge Class 40, and he's got a carbon Antrim 27 under construction. I'm the owner ...
    Published on 08-13-2019 11:26 AM
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    The 3 C’s of sailing were emphasized over and over again in the waters south of the San Mateo Bridge:
    Community, Camaraderie & Competition.
    In that order.

    The 2019 edition of Chubb JR National Sailing Championship will be remembered for a number of 1sts. It was the 1st time the Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation has hosted a major National Championship and the 1st time the recently built Westpoint Harbor has been utilized for such a venture. It was also the 1st time in an Open 5.70 was used for the triple ...
    Published on 08-12-2019 10:07 AM
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    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (August 12, 2019) – Sunday’s finale on San Francisco Bay capped the third and final day of racing at the 2019 Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships, hosted by the Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation (PYSF) and the Club at Westpoint. The nearly 100 sailors representing their respective US Sailing Areas and home sailing organizations enjoyed spectacular and challenging conditions throughout this US Sailing National Championship. ...
    Published on 08-11-2019 03:25 PM
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    Some tight racing Saturday in the South Bay out of Westpoint Marina in all divisions,
    But this event in race 5 was even tighter than most....

    Published on 08-05-2019 03:09 PM
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    Over Memorial Day yacht, fishing launch and rowing races are planned, together with a dinner dance for members and friends. In July we will hold our annual moonlight cruise, and over Labor Day our club sponsors it’s biggest event of the years, the San Francisco-Santa Cruz Regatta, now recognized as one of the most important events on the Northern California yachting calendar.

    SCYC Letter of ...
    Published on 07-30-2019 09:46 AM
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    Hurricane Erick Discussion Number 13
    NWS Central Pacific Hurricane Center Honolulu HI EP062019
    500 AM HST Tue Jul 30 2019

    The eye of hurricane became much more distinct in infrared
    satellite imagery overnight, which indicates that rapid
    intensification has occurred. The latest intensity estimates
    from the satellite agencies are 5.0 (90 kt) from SAB, 5.5 (102 kt)
    from HFO, and 6.0 (115 kt) from JTWC. The CIMSS ADT estimate using
    the raw T number suggests the intensity is close to 100 kt. For this
    advisory, we are intensifying Erick to 100 kt, so it is now a major
    hurricane. Note that the initial wind radii for this advisory were
    adjusted based on a 0633Z ASCAT pass, which covered nearly the
    entire circulation of Erick.

    The hurricane's initial motion is 280/15 kt for this advisory. The
    mid-level ridge to the north is still ...
    Published on 07-29-2019 11:33 AM
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    The second half of the YRA Calendar got underway Saturday with the race (Formerly Known As The 2nd Half Opener) and the Bonita Race,
    now to be referred as The Encinal Race as a tip o' the cap to the host YC which goes by the same name.... It was an odd early morning with
    a high pressure dome squashing the marine layer down mixed in with some bad air that eventually blew away when the valley started warming,
    leaving a compressed layer of fog just outside the Golden Gate and a finger protruding ...
    Published on 07-28-2019 08:04 PM
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    VALLEJO, Calif. — The Coast Guard rescued three people near the Carquinez Bridge in Vallejo, Saturday evening.

    Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders were notified that ...
    Published on 07-25-2019 04:23 PM
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    Image Max Roth

    If there was one seriously competitive division in the 2019 Transpac, the Santa Cruz 50/52 fleet would take the nod, hands down. 11 boats strong at the start, it was easily the biggest one design in these years 75th Anniversary Edition and the largest one design in the race’s history, eclipsing last years 10 boat fleet by one.

    The boats vintage ranges from 1980 to 2001, with Dave MacEwen’s Lucky Duck being the ...
    Published on 07-25-2019 11:47 AM

    Team Hamachi had a magical run to Hawaii. We power reached across the line at 16 kts at 2:21 am Sunday (7/21) morning to complete the 50th Transpac ...
    Published on 07-23-2019 02:51 PM

    We attempt two 30+ mile races in the same day on our JPK 1080 'Psycho Tiller', sailing out of San Francisco Bay. We placed first in the 32 mile "Duxship" Ocean series race. First race started at 9:50am and in normal years the Duxship typically finishes around 3 or 4 pm. The Midnight Moonlight Marathon is a 35 mile pursuit race with our scheduled start at 5:59pm. ...
    Published on 07-23-2019 10:28 AM
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    Out of Lakewood Yacht Club, in Spring Texas a Shock 40 campaign entered the 2019 Transpac for their 1st time.
    The core crew: Tim Banks, Rod Nichols, Logan Pifer, Jason Seibert and Joseph Waits were entered in Division 1,
    along with a host of heavy hitters, like Rio 100, Comanche, Alive etcetera... The shock 40 rating, 1.0415 was the lowest by a long shot
    as was their chance of winning the damn division. The boat's name Gamble lived up to that, and they took an additional one by
    bringing aboard Justin Edelman as on board reporter, with bundles of gear and little Transpac experience. But what Justin did bring
    was a unique level of reporting, video and still capturing expertise better than any other boat in the fleet. While the have not been burning up
    the miles, they have been burning up the interweb, primarily posting to Team Epic Racing's Facebook Page, that included a bundle of
    video that we can't embed here.

    It's a compelling read, and the Gamble paid off...

    In spades


    July 22

    Night sailing with a chute on a Schock - EP10
    First I want to preface this post by talking about the mood yesterday. Everyone was in a somewhat celebratory state of mind. Hawaii is in ear ...
    Published on 07-23-2019 09:31 AM
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    Last wave of finishers happy to finish after rough seas and big breezes on final approach in Transpac 50

    HONOLULU, HAWAII - By sunset on Monday, only a handful of yachts were still at sea heading towards the finish in the 50th edition of the LA-Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race, organized by the Transpacific YC. This day was overcast and almost dreary compared to the bright tropical ...
    Published on 07-22-2019 05:02 PM
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    Here’s Jason’s summary of the grueling last 24 hours of Team Hamachi’s Transpac winning race:

    We did it. But the last 24 hours were really intense.

    We were struggling to cover both Bretwalda 3, which was focused on sailing as fast as possible to Oahu, and Velvet Hammer, who was playing a tactical game. The Hammer was heading ...
    Published on 07-22-2019 04:47 PM
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    In 2017, Two Pac52's stole the show in their Transpac debut with flying colors, dashing across the Pacific
    in an impressive 7 days and change, while not only taking 1st and 2nd place Division 1 but correcting out to 1st and 2nd
    overall. Tom Holthus and crew on BadPak chased Frank Slootman's ...
    Published on 07-22-2019 08:47 AM
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    Sunday's wild flurry of finishers was one truly for ages, with 31 boats from all extremes of classes barreling down the Molokai Straits towards Diamond Head
    and the long sought after fruity rum infused cocktails served in hollowed out pineapples and a pretty hibiscus lei to mask the scent of 2,000 miles of sweaty sailing...

    The action was so intense and updates happening so quickly it burnt out the tracking devices (either that or Russian interference was the cause) making tracking and reporting an exercise
    in futility. If you were lucky, you finished in daylight and got yourself captured digitally bow wave blasting, aloha shirt wearing, ear
    Published on 07-20-2019 05:45 PM
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    Update from the July 20th 14:00 Position reports show a flurry of activity with 15 boats
    within the 200 nm live update section. As we type, Bretwalda 3 is crossing the finish line,
    holding onto 3rd in Div 3 and 3rd in ORR overall at the moment. Brigadoon is 14 miles to finish
    and Ho okolohe is 29 nm out The ORR overall leaders, Hamachi and Velvet Hammer are 163 and
    188 nm out

    Published on 07-20-2019 08:54 AM
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    With a finish time of 19:34:25 HST today, Manouch Moshayedi's Bakewell-White 100 RIO100 has become the fastest monohull without powered performance systems to finish the 50th edition of the biennial 2225-mile LA-Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race. In so doing she has won the Merlin Trophy, which this ...
    Published on 07-19-2019 10:34 AM
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    Aerial photography is full of risks and getting that special shot requires putting a lot on the line.
    One of the most glamorous sailing shots in the world is barreling down the Molokai Channel
    with your kite flying, team on the rail and pushing that azure warm water out of the way after a 2,000 nm plus
    Transpacific Race...Diamond Head in ...