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    Published on 03-16-2018 01:01 PM
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    Heiner leads Finn fleet into Europeans medal race as Cádiz turns it up again
    March 16, 2018

    Both Nicholas Heiner, from the Netherlands, and Edward Wright, from Britain, are guaranteed medals at the Open and U23 Finn Europeans in Cadiz after the final day of the Opening Series on Friday. The conditions were again exceptional, with Briton, Ben Cornish, winning another race, while Swedish world champion, Max Salminen, moved up to third, with just the medal race to sail.

    In the U23 championship, Nils Theuninck, from Switzerland, returns to the lead, ...
    Published on 03-16-2018 11:57 AM
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    - NZ Extreme Sailing Team and Red Bull Sailing Team collide in the fourth race of the day

    - Significant damage sustained on both boats, causing them to retire from today’s racing. All crew are safe with no injuries

    - Alinghi continue their lead into the final day of Act 1, Muscat

    - Team France Jeune lead the Flying Phantom Series

    images ©Mark Lloyd

    Drama struck on the water today, Friday 16th March, as two of the season’s newly-formed crews collided on the racecourse on the third day of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series™.
    Published on 03-16-2018 08:52 AM
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    Seven Volvo Ocean Race teams will embark on one of the most classic legs in offshore racing on Sunday afternoon from Auckland, New Zealand.

    Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race is an iconic Southern Ocean challenge; a 7,600 nautical mile race through “Furious Fifties”, the inhospitable, remote waters south of 50-degrees latitude that circle Antarctica, around Cape Horn and up to Itajaí, Brazil. ...
    Published on 03-15-2018 10:22 PM
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    ST. BARTHS (Mar. 15, 2018) – In glorious conditions, the 31st edition of the St. Barths Bucket Regatta started today with the elegant and historically significant J Class yachts Svea, Velsheda and Topaz completing two windward/leeward races in a planned four-day series for their class. The Js comprise one of six classes competing here in this beloved international event; the other five are ...
    Published on 03-15-2018 02:40 PM
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    Ben Cornish schooled the Finn fleet in Cádiz on Day 4 of the Open and U23 Finn European Championship with two emphatic race wins in conditions that developed during the day from awesome to epic with huge waves, 20+ knots of wind, as well as something almost unseen so far in Cadiz, the much promised Spanish sunshine. Unfortunately the second race was later abandoned after extensive jury hearings because the first mark was out of position.

    At the top of the Open leaderboard, Nicholas Heiner, from The Netherlands, still leads the Briton, Edward Wright, though now just by two points, while Josh Junior, from New Zealand, is some way ...
    Published on 03-15-2018 12:40 PM
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    Having long since passed their competitive expiration dates, Canadien entry True North and old Dennis Conner steed Stars & Stripes have been serving as charter vessels. ...
    Published on 03-15-2018 11:50 AM
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    Charles and Barbara Truax of Toronto were avid sailors who planned to see the world from their boat. They sold their house, their cars, stored their belongings and sailed out the St. Lawrence Seaway.

    "Our plan was really to spend the next 20 or 30 years sailing around the world," said Charles Truax.
    But their retirement dream was swept away by a devastating accident off the south coast of Newfoundland.

    Now, Charles ...
    Published on 03-15-2018 10:55 AM
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    The Bucket is Back and So is St. Barths

    ST. BARTHS (March 14, 2018) – After being devastated by back-to-back hurricanes (Irma, José and Maria) six short months ago, the island of Saint-Barthélemy is open for business and back with its usual zeal to host the annual St. Barths Bucket Regatta, which has been ...
    Published on 03-14-2018 05:31 PM
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    Officials in the Caribbean island of Grenada are warning ships to steer clear of an underwater volcano due to increased seismic activity that could indicate the start of an eruption at any moment.

    On Tuesday, the Government of Grenada announced that the alert level for the submarine volcano Kick “em Jenny, located 8 km (5 mi) north of the island of Grenada, has been raised to ORANGE, ...
    Published on 03-14-2018 05:25 PM
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    The Aussie's Hope for an entry have sunk

    Katie Stanway of Newshub NZ Reports

    Australia will not be among the challengers when Team New Zealand host the America's Cup in 2021.

    A source close to the proposed syndicate has confirmed to Newshub that it hasn't been able to secure the funding needed for a competitive challenge. ...
    Published on 03-14-2018 02:18 PM
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    Power sailors move up as big breeze arrives at Finn Europeans in Cádiz
    March 14, 2018 Admin News, Press Release
    The breeze finally arrived on the third day of the Open and U23 Finn European Championships in Cádiz, with three testing races in winds building from 15 to 22 knots during the day. Nicholas Heiner, from The Netherlands, extends his lead to nine points from Ed Wright, of Britain. However, Swedish World Champion, Max Salminen, had the best day of anyone and moved up to third overall.

    For the U23 title, the defending champion, Briton, Henry Wetherell took ...
    Published on 03-13-2018 05:40 PM
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    Story by Kurt Hoehne

    On Friday everyone was contemplating what a Scatchet Head Race in no wind would look like, swirling around with the currents at the south end of Whidbey Island. While Bruce Hedrick got the sunny part right, and he joined the chorus of computer models predicting a drifty sort of day for the middle race of the Center Sound Series. For those of you curious about just why the wind decided to make an appearance, Bruce explained "there was an over 2MB gradient from Bellingham to Seattle which was enough ...
    Published on 03-13-2018 10:54 AM
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    Sled Launched First And Look to Maximise Advantage With New Team New Zealand Alumni
    (Tuesday 13th May, 2018, New Zealand) – Mr Takashi Okura’s New-Zealand-built Sled was the first of the nine latest generation new TP52s to touch the water when it made a splash in Auckland, New Zealand on February 15th. After a productive series of sea trials, the new Sled was on a ship to Europe on 24th February. 

    Long serving Kiwi America’s Cup and TP52 campaigner, Don Cowie – who, ...
    Published on 03-13-2018 09:47 AM
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    Day 116 (56 days since Ushuaia)

    Noon Position: 44 08S. 119 51E

    Course/Speed: E7

    Wind: WSW25+

    Miles last 24 hours: 168

    Longitude Made Good: 152

    Total Miles: 15,948

    Miles to Hobart: 1240

    Quick report tonight as the day has been long and the night may be … eventful.

    Wind swung into the WSW today and went to 25+. At noon I switched to the twin headsails poled out and we’ve been running before fast, squally weather ever since. Seas are running high due to winds further south, so Mo is a bit of a roller coaster ride. Winds have come up to 30 tonight, so I don’t know where this is going; thus the need to stay “on watch.”

    This afternoon I performed more engine tests and found seawater in the crankcase oil (by boiling it on the stove and watching for bubbles). ...
    Published on 03-13-2018 08:23 AM
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    There was speculation circling about that Jimmy Spithill had been seen over the past few weeks
    in Luna Rossa Camp, but no confirmation until this AM:

    Published on 03-12-2018 12:35 PM
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    Big waves for big sailors on opening day in Cádiz
    March 12, 2018

    Nicholas Heiner, from The Netherlands, won the only race possible on the opening day of the 2018 Finn European Championships in Cádiz, Spain. Caleb Paine, from the USA, and Facundo Olezza, from Argentina are joint second.

    With 30 U23 sailors, it is the largest youth fleet at the Europeans for some time. 2015 Junior World Champion, Ondrej Teply, from Czech Republic leads from Joan Cardona Mendez, of Spain and Guillaume Boissard, of France.

    Published on 03-12-2018 10:39 AM
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    Kiwi's David McDiarmid, Matt Steven, Brad Collins did New Zealand proud this week and wrestled the vaulted
    18 World Champion Trophy, aka the JJ Giltinan Trophy away from the Aussies after a 44 year old drought. ...
    Published on 03-11-2018 04:06 PM
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    SF Bay lost one of it's unique yachtsman, 92 year old Ron MacAnnan, long time Sausalito sailor and businessman
    tragically fell from his beloved 82' M'Class Sloop, Pursuit and drowned.

    A roomful of friends gathered Friday night at the Sausalito Yacht Club to say farewell to one of the town’s most colorful characters.

    He was Ron MacAnnan, a wealthy businessman who
    Published on 03-11-2018 08:57 AM
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    New Zealand's Honda Marine (David McDiarmid, Matt Steven, Brad Collins) became the first Kiwi team to win the 80-year-old JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour when the team completed the championship with a total of 21 points to defeat fellow-kiwi team Maersk Line by just one point. ...
    Published on 03-10-2018 02:48 PM
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    On a day more apt for sturgeon fishing than sailboat racing, millpond conditions on the Bezerkely Flats
    had more milling than sailing for Saturday's Buoy Racing. Hopes the wind ...

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