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    Published on 04-01-2015 08:36 AM
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    This spring, 47-year-old Frenchman Ben Lecomte will step into the Pacific Ocean in Japan and, over the next five months, attempt to become the first swimmer to cover the ...
    Published on 04-01-2015 08:24 AM
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    By the deadline of the 31st March the America’s Cup teams voted by a majority in favour of changes to the 35th America’s Cup Protocol, which included a reduction in boat size to between a ...
    Published on 04-01-2015 08:01 AM
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    One Design For The America's Cup!


    Berteli and Ecclestone The America's Cup is famous for many things... including high seas and shore-based drama and skullduggery. But Tuesday's vote on the boat to be used in 2017 puts everything in the past to the status of minor footnotes.

    The next America's Cup will be sailed on AC45s... but they will be One Design and supplied by a single builder, Green Marine in the UK. Each team will purchase two boats for a total of 10m pounds. Sails to be supplied by as yet-to-be-named sailmaker but will also be subject to strict one design rules.

    The cost savings to teams are going to be huge. A full one campaign could cost as little as 25 to 30 million pounds including salaries and travel, said one America's Cup source.

    "This is the game changer to beat all others" said Sir Russell Coutts. "Finally the America's Cup will be properly focused on sailing skills and not whatever titanium-molybdenum-unobtainium composite honeycomb someone comes up with at 10K per square centimeter."

    All eyes were on Luna Rossa supremo Patrizio Bertelli, who last week warned that the ...
    Published on 03-31-2015 09:09 PM
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    The America’s Cup teams have agreed to make changes aimed at significantly reducing costs for the 2017 America’s Cup.

    Central to these changes is the introduction of an exciting new America’s Cup Class - a wing-sailed, foiling catamaran between 45 and 50 feet.
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    Published on 03-31-2015 04:19 PM
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    After the safe arrival of Dongfeng into Ushuaia, Argentina, just after sunrise this morning (local time), the team – both on and off the water – have wasted no time in taking on the mammoth task ahead ...
    Published on 03-31-2015 03:12 PM
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    Saturday's Three Tree Race concluded Seattle's Corinthian Yacht Club Center Sound Series with the 30 mile, round trip jaunt south on Puget Sound, and as Jan's Marin Pics will attest, it was a pleasant conclusion, with plenty of breeze and sun, sans the drama from a couple weeks past. The fun, with more wind than predicted in reachy conditions, lasted ...
    Published on 03-31-2015 01:34 PM
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    Two teenagers had to be rescued by firefighters on Saturday after the chuck of ice they'd foolishly stepped onto broke away from the shore and started floating out into Lake Michigan.
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    Published on 03-31-2015 10:00 AM
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    Tom Cary of The Telegraph, a London based publication pens this great story on Artemis's Iain Percy and how he copes with life
    after the loss of his closest friend Bart Simpson:




    Iain Percy learning to love life on water again after tragic death of friend Andrew ...
    Published on 03-30-2015 09:59 PM
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    Ghosting across the line in the inky blackness of a Mediterranean spring night, finally slicing through the finish line set on the very waters where some 40 odd years ago he cut his teeth as a young, aspiring sailor harbouring great dreams, at 01:47:00hrs local time Guillermo Altadill and his talented, ever reliable Chilean co-skipper Jose Muñoz secured second placed in this third edition of the Barcelona World Race, the round the world race for two crew which left the Catalan capital on December 31st 2014.

    After pressing the eventual race winners hard until New Zealand, where Altadill and Muñoz had to take the tough decision to make ...
    Published on 03-30-2015 09:32 PM
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    Nico Parlier wins overall title at the kickoff of the KiteFoil Gold Cup tour in Baja, Mexico. Sailed in La Ventana, Baja California the five-day event (March 24-29) was comprised of a two day qualifying series and a three-day championship series. Twenty-two sailors qualified to be in
    the championship group “Gold Fleet” and to compete for the overall event title.

    Nico Parlier, hailing from France won the qualifying series with Monoco sailor Maxime Nocher, fellow Frenchman Julien Kerneur, and 2014 tour champion John Heineken all close behind. In the qualifying series individuals sail conservatively to ensure their spot in the championship series.
    Make no mistakes and try not to get caught in a foul, that’s the mantra in the qualifications. But once championship series sailing begins it is ...
    Published on 03-30-2015 02:26 PM
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    When the winds picked up, so did some of the 49ers at the boat park at Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

    From Team Salskov & Bay: ...
    Published on 03-30-2015 12:29 PM
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    The SF Chronicle published this piece on the burgeoning owner/renter market which is growing at a rapid clip
    with the confines of a marina or patch of water near you:



    image: Amy Osborne / The Chronicle

    Walk past any marina, even ...
    Published on 03-30-2015 10:52 AM
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    Leg 5, day 12. Team Alvimedica rounding Cape Horn in 1st position. All images Rick Tomlinson / Volvo Ocean Race

    ALICANTE, Spain, March 30 – Four boats in the Volvo Ocean Race celebrated rounding the venerated landmark of Cape Horn on Monday, a pleasure cruelly denied Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) after the Chinese boat’s mast was broken early in a dramatic day on Leg 5.

    Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA) had the considerable ...
    Published on 03-30-2015 10:45 AM
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    Ricardo Pinto is at the
    Trofeo Princesa Sofia 2015 in Palma de Mallorca capturing all the action at the
    European Olympic Trials and was on the ball when the breeze picked up, with gust exceeding 40 knots!

    Enjoy!

    Thanks Ricardo!

    Official Report:

    The wind played dirty tricks all day in Palma on sailors and race committees who had to juggle with big shifts and different pressure. From 4 to 20 knots, and reaching 40 in some ...
    Published on 03-30-2015 09:34 AM
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    Image © Paul Sutcheck


    The Northern California Offshore Racing Season got off to a stellar start with BAMA's Double Handed Farallones
    being contested with clear skies, lumpy seas and brisk winds offshore!

    Winds in the vicinity of 25 -30 knots were encountered along the way, brisk and northerly, making the 58nm ride to the Continental
    Shelf a reachy affair in 7-8 windswell lying ...
    Published on 03-30-2015 07:47 AM
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    Dongfeng Race Team was dismasted early on Monday (GMT, March 30). Fortunately nobody has been injured and there is no immediate danger to ...
    Published on 03-29-2015 12:29 PM
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    Mike Holt and Carl Smit put the hammer down on day one of the SAP 505 World Championships to nail the first two races in sunny Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

    The first race, held in steady, 15-knot easterly winds on a lumpy Algoa Bay, saw a four-way battle develop between some of the hot favourites. Australians ...
    Published on 03-29-2015 12:06 PM
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    image ©Stefan Coppers/Team Brunel/Volvo Ocean Race





    In the midst of the freezing southern ocean night, if you looked up out of the hatch right now, you’d see one of two things. Either a loud white curtain of water cascading into the cockpit or a grouping of green glow-in-the-dark safety strips outlining four silhouettes huddled en masse at the back of the boat.

    Everything is dark, everything is cold, and there isn’t a single inch of the boat that hasn’t been touched with water.

    That includes our lighters.

    As we made our final gybe towards the Horn this morning, the growing sea state combined with our VMG downwind angle
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    Published on 03-28-2015 09:28 AM
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    ALICANTE, Spain, March 28 (Reuters) – The Volvo Ocean Race fleet, battered but unbroken as they battle through the Southern Ocean, face the toughest 48 hours of the nine-month marathon as they approach Cape Horn on Monday.

    The region is the only time in the 38,738-nautical mile race where the boats are likely to see icebergs, despite the ice limits set by organisers, and a huge storm is building up behind to chase them on their way (see details here).

    Early on Saturday (0640 UTC), the Chinese boat Dongfeng Race Team, skippered by Frenchman Charles Caudrelier, led the leg from Auckland to Itajaí, Brazil, but by less than 10nm from four other crews.

    Caudrelier admitted that the stress has become “wearing’ on his eight-man team.

    “I think it’s unique ...
    Published on 03-27-2015 04:31 PM
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    Team Alvimedica is leading as of the latest Volvo Ocean Race position report on Friday March 27. The top five boats are incredibly close as they race through the Southern Ocean to round the southern tip of South America, the iconic Cape Horn. While the leaderboard positions may shuffle in the next report, the solid performance of the “young guns” on this Southern Ocean leg is worth noting.
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