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    Published on 10-18-2017 09:06 AM
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    NPR Reports on Rimas Meleshyus, the Russian solo sailing adventurer with a penchand for fing trouble.

    One thing you can say about Rimas Meleshyus: He's definitely persistent.

    "I'm a very determined person," he told the Whidbey News-Times in 2015. "I'm very strong."

    Meleshyus, who is in his mid-60s, departed Hilo, Hawaii, aboard his 30-foot ...
    Published on 10-17-2017 01:51 PM
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    With the arrival of Julien Mizrachi (UNAPEI), 78 racers have now made it safely into the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Of the 81 competitors at the start, just three solo sailors are no longer officially racing: Matteo Rusticali due to a dismasting, Luca Sabiu who triggered his distress beacon offshore of La Coruña and Frédéric Guérin, who following his dismasting ...
    Published on 10-17-2017 10:08 AM
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    A just release article by Rob Mundle suggests that the AC 50 Foiling Cats
    MAY have a few more lives left:






    Larry Ellison, whose syndicate lost the America’s Cup to New Zealand in
    ...
    Published on 10-16-2017 03:09 PM
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    In somewhat shocking news, a surprise entry for the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race has
    arrived overnight in Alicante. Team Wooden Shoe appeared in the ...
    Published on 10-16-2017 02:16 PM
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    Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 7, San Diego will see the return of former Series champion Morgan Larson.

    The Californian will skipper Team Extreme San Diego, the second US wildcard to be announced following the entry of Lupe Tortilla Demetrio, in the penultimate stage of the season from 19 ...
    Published on 10-16-2017 11:36 AM
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    Three-time Volvo Ocean Race winner Brad Jackson has been announced as skipper of the Dutch Volvo Ocean Race entry team AkzoNobel for the 2017-18 edition of the 83,000-kilometer around the world race.

    The forty-nine-year-old from Auckland, New Zealand is competing in his seventh Volvo Ocean Race after coaching the Swedish all-women entry Team ...
    Published on 10-16-2017 10:10 AM
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    The former Phaedo3 which Lloyd Thornburg campaigned for several years, obliterating records along the way
    is now sporting a new look as she gets ready to start a new life as Beau Geste. New owner Karl Kwok purchased ...
    Published on 10-15-2017 08:38 PM
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    Rhode Island's tall ship loses power, hits multiple boats before grounding in Newport Harbor

    BOSTON — Coast Guard Station Castle Hill is providing a safety zone ...
    Published on 10-15-2017 01:52 PM
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    The Nations Trophy is being launched this year and will become a biennial, focal event in the world of Swan One Design activity.

    The Nations Trophy 2017 is the culmination of the Swan One Design European season. It is open to all ClubSwan 50s, Swan 45s and ClubSwan 42s. The event will serve to determine the Swan 45 World Championship, plus the ClubSwan 50 and Swan 42 European Championships. The winner of The Nations Trophy will be determined by taking the scores ...
    Published on 10-14-2017 01:47 PM
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    Hurricane Ophelia Discussion Number 23
    NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL172017
    500 PM AST Sat Oct 14 2017

    Ophelia continues to have an impressive appearance in satellite
    imagery. The eye has remained clear all afternoon, surrounded by a
    very symmetric ring of cold cloud tops. Since the cloud pattern has
    not changed significantly over the past few hours, the intensity has
    been held at 100 kt. Microwave imagery and scatterometer retrievals
    indicate that beneath the cold canopy, ...
    Published on 10-14-2017 09:10 AM
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    The local heroes on Xabi Fernández's MAPFRE were a popular winner in the first point scoring race of the Volvo Ocean Race.

    Fernández and his team made a bold call at the start to duck behind the entire fleet in order to sail up what turned out to be the favoured right hand side of the course, coming from behind to earn a narrow lead at the first gate.

    “It was pretty clear from Joan (Vila) and ...
    Published on 10-13-2017 01:50 PM
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    Richard Mason, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race and Simeon Tienpont, Skipper of Team Akzo Nobel
    Have been relieved of their duties, sources are reporting... ...
    Published on 10-13-2017 11:38 AM
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    Many of the teams in the Clipper Race fleet have been setting their own boat speed records during some fast and furious sailing on Day 8 of the Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms.

    Leader of Race 2, Greenings, has notched up 312 nautical miles in a 24-hour period. Interim Skipper, ...
    Published on 10-13-2017 10:01 AM
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    The first official racing of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race will take place on Saturday afternoon with the MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante, marking the first point-scoring competition of the event.

    The starting gun will fire at 14:00 local time (12:00 UTC) with seven of the ...
    Published on 10-12-2017 01:40 PM
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    Ludde Ingvall’s super maxi CQS is to cross the Atlantic Ocean, instead of returning to Sydney for this year’s Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race. A change to shipping schedule meant that the boat could not get back ...
    Published on 10-12-2017 11:49 AM
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    Franck Cammas and Lionel Péan all star crew go monohull on the VOR 70' Babsy (ex Puma)
    attempt an all out assault on the Round Corsica in mistral conditions.

    Images ©http://www.martin-raget.com/









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    Published on 10-12-2017 10:12 AM
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    Valentin Gautier on the up

    - The Swiss sailor's easterly option secures him the win

    - Sailing blind

    - Filled with confidence for the second leg


    By securing victory in the first leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère, Valentin Gautier (Shaman – Banque du Léman) has swept away the doubts that had bombarded him after a rather chaotic pre-season. Indeed, after winning the Pornichet Select, ...
    Published on 10-11-2017 10:31 AM
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    Fire and ice

    - Less than two minutes separate the top two

    - Ian Lipinski (Griffon.fr) winner at the finish of leg one

    - Arthur Léopold-Léger (Antal XPO) the surprise runner-up






    Ultimately there was very little separating the top two sailors with their radically different temperaments and track records at the end of this first leg. The former had ...
    Published on 10-11-2017 08:27 AM
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    The Spanish MAPFRE team won the Volvo Ocean Race Prologue Leg on Wednesday, holding off a late charge from Team Brunel after Race Management shortened the course, converting the compulsory gate at Cabo de Gata into the finishing line.

    For skipper Xabi Fernández and his team, it’s a continuation of the success MAPFRE ...
    Published on 10-10-2017 10:56 AM
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    Skipper Xabi Fernández's MAPFRE crew is leading the charge into the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday afternoon.

    The Spanish team made a jump on the rest of the fleet by heading further inshore in search of favourable sea breezes following Sunday's start, with Team Brunel benefiting from following a similar track.

    Forty-eight hours later, their tactics have paid huge dividends. At the 1300 UTC position update on Tuesday, MAPFRE enjoyed a seven nautical mile lead on Team Brunel, who were themselves ...

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