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    Published on 12-22-2014 10:49 AM
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    ALICANTE, Spain, December 22 – Team Vestas Wind’s stranded Volvo Ocean 65 boat has been retrieved from a remote reef in the Indian Ocean and on Monday was heading on a round-trip via Mauritius and Malaysia back to Europe.

    After three days’ planning, the Volvo Ocean Race boat was gingerly floated clear of the reef in St Brandon on Sunday evening, where it had laid since November 29, and on to a nearby lagoon.

    From there it was lifted on ...
    Published on 12-21-2014 10:50 PM
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    A BASHING AND CRASHING START PREDICTED FOR THE ROLEX SYDNEY-HOBART YACHT RACE
    A bashing, crashing and punishing first night at sea could well decide the outcome in the race for line honours in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart race.

    Consequently, ...
    Published on 12-21-2014 06:45 PM
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    Bruce Jenkins wandered over to Pillar Point on Saturday and wrote a piece for the SF Chronicle on his observations:




    The big-wave surfing community descended upon Mavericks on Saturday for one of the most memorable days in years. I was up ...
    Published on 12-21-2014 06:32 PM
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    Peter Gustafsson penned this article on the new TT Scow.




    TT Scow by Thomas Tison

    It's fun with new design ideas. Foiling have well been the hottest in recent years, but also scow concept shows up more often. Who does not remember David Raisons nosed mini that won Transat this year.Thomas Tison has worked with Mascalzone Latino, Team Origin and is now at Artemis design department at San Francisco (living with Fredrik Loof). Now he ...
    Published on 12-21-2014 01:57 PM
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    Could quite be the most imaginative use of gingerbread we have witnessed in some time!

    This one , baked by the ...
    Published on 12-21-2014 01:18 PM
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    Fun with lunar & solar cycles! The astronomical phenomenon that marks the shortest day of the year for us
    Northern Hemisphereans...Combined with a very large Northern Pacific swell and still plenty of runoff from ...
    Published on 12-20-2014 10:22 AM
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    Nathan Outteridge provides a sweet 5 part tutorial on everything Flying Moth!




    Part 1: Rigging
    In this tutorial, Nathan Outteridge demonstrates the process of rigging the moth. We understand that each moth is set up differently, so this simply serves ...
    Published on 12-19-2014 09:24 AM
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    Sailing Scuttlebutt reveals this morning that former Team Oracle Racing USA employee has filed suit revolving around King-post Gate that occurred during the last running of the America's Cup World Series:

    San Francisco, CA (December 19, 2014) – A sailor on Oracle Team USA’s winning ...
    Published on 12-18-2014 10:18 PM
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    Bianca Valenti, 29, talks about big wave surfing as she heads from her home in San Francisco to surf Mavericks in Half Moon Bay on the eve of the Wickr women's big wave multimedia event.





    SF Chronicle's Ann Killion write about ...
    Published on 12-18-2014 10:10 PM
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    Andrea Francolini took a spin in Comanche for a night training session
    this week and brought home the goods!

    Andrea is featured in This Article
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    Published on 12-18-2014 09:44 PM
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    Stephen Colbert concludes his 10th season at the helm of the Colbert Report with his last show tonite. There have been 1, 446 episodes broadcast since the show debut in October 2004. Colbert will move on to CBS to host the Late Show in place of the retiring David Letterman. In 2005, Stephen sailed in the Charleston to Bermuda Race on the Tao, a 45-foot ...
    Published on 12-17-2014 04:44 PM
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    Santa Cruz sailing super star Morgan Larson on the short list for 2014 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards!



    PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (December ...
    Published on 12-17-2014 04:26 PM
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    The online publication by François Chevalier & Jacques Taglang
    has produced a very succinct side by side comparison of the 5 Super Maxi's lined up to compete in the Rolex Sydney Hobart...Here is a smidge of the article!




    "Five IRC supermaxis (measuring 100ft, or 30.48m, in length), out a decade-record of 118 sailing yachts, have signed up to enter the seventieth Sydney to Hobart race in Australia on Boxing Day. Among these is the brand new 100ft American raider Comanche, designed by French designers VPLP and Guillaume Verdier.

    Launched on September 27th, 2014, at the Hodgdon shipyard in Boothbay, ME, Comanche received her keel and Southern Spars rig in Newport and only had the time for a trial sail to Charleston, SC, where she was boarded on a container ship destined to Sydney.

    She was commissioned
    ...
    Published on 12-17-2014 12:58 PM
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    Windyty provides a very visual weather graphic that can be zommed in and out
    and provide you with a much larger picture of ...
    Published on 12-17-2014 11:30 AM
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    Last week, with the assistance of Dirk Herbstreet we documented one of the bigger storms we had seen in Nor Cal in recent years and it's impact directly on Sausalito and Richardson Bay areas. What we did not know at the time, was the impact the storm was having on one of man's best friends,
    and the dogs owner...

    Jani Mara of the Marin Independent Journal filed this report on Sunday:



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    Published on 12-16-2014 05:30 PM
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    Kurt Hoehne or Northwest Yachting gives Seattle native Kris Henderson Some love...

    It’s been a good year for Kris HendersonKris Henderson. As the Seattle rainy season eases into the holidays, his shop is warm with curing carbon. Two boats are being built and three high-tech boards are being prepared for shipment to Australia. Orders are lining up for next year.

    Big boat ...
    Published on 12-16-2014 01:37 PM
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    This week, the fleet experiences a tropical storm, some crews celebrate Thanksgiving while others are battling centimeter by centimeter ...
    Published on 12-15-2014 10:44 AM
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    It's not often Super Models engage in high risk sports, and the Sydney Hobart certainly can be labeled a risky affair, but the 35 year old Australian born model and actress and mother of two and wife of billionaire Jim Clark is the boss of the new 100' super maxi Comanche which sets sail on the 26th for Hobart. While North Sails president, ...
    Published on 12-14-2014 09:09 PM
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    It has been a long leg for Team Alvimedica, and a slow, never-ending finish at sunset, in Abu Dhabi waters.


    The Turkish/American boat did lead the race early on, stopped to assist Team Vestas Wind when their competitors hit a reef north of Mauritius, resumed racing and caught up with Team SCA and MAPFRE. But they were finally overtaken by the Spanish team and ended the leg in a painful drift across the Gulf.


    “This leg has had its ups and downs and we definitely need to work on our consistency,” admits Charlie Enright, the skipper.“But we’ve got a good plan in place and we’ll work on the best way to achieve it.”

    For the youngest crew in the race, this leg was all ...

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