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    Published on 09-22-2017 11:45 AM
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    The Day of Reckoning




    (Friday 22nd September, Menorca) – After a thrilling two race day at the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week when none of the top three title challengers could maintain a decisive high level of consistency, Azzurra carry a seven point lead into the final day of the 2017 52 SUPER SERIES Season.

    But for the first time in the history of the 52 SUPER SERIES, the destination of the overall season's title remains truly open, to be decided on the last day of the season.


    Azzurra hold the key to the 2017 52 SUPER SERIES title.
    In the hard-to-read, light E'ly breezes, the ...
    Published on 09-22-2017 09:02 AM
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    The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club held host to the 2017 6 Meter World Championships over the last week.

    With 16 Classic boats and 18 Open boats competing in 8 races over 7 days, in the water of English Harbor, it was a spectacle
    to behold as these vintage vessels gathered in unison for the 1st time in the West Coast since 1979.

    The 6 Meter World Cup is held biannually, ...
    Published on 09-21-2017 09:32 PM
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    World Sailing, the international federation for the sport, and Rolex are proud to announce a diverse lineup of nominees for the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2017.


    The 2017 nominees feature sailors drawn from the America's Cup, Vendee Globe, Windsurfing, Offshore and Olympic Class racing, highlighting the breadth and depth of the sport.

    The Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards is the most prestigious award of recognition in the dynamic sport of sailing. Since the awards' inception in 1994, the trophy has proudly accumulated the names of those who have demonstrated unparalleled, performance, endurance and accomplishment in sailing.

    More than 80 nominations were received for the 2017 Award for sailors demonstrating outstanding achievement in the sport of sailing between 19 September 2016 and 31 August 2017. ...
    Published on 09-21-2017 02:32 PM
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    Sanya Serenity Coast claimed line honours today into Punta del Este, Uruguay, in the longest ever individual race of the Clipper Race's eleven edition history.

    The team crossed the finish line at 13:46:46 local Uruguayan ...
    Published on 09-20-2017 10:34 AM
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    (Wednesday 20th Septmember, Menorca) – In the three-cornered battle for the 2017 52 SUPER SERIES title, Harm Müller-Spreer's Platoon crew fought back today to earn a very useful second place from the one, light-airs race at the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week regatta, and close the gap very slightly on circuit leaders Azzurra and move a little further ahead of title challengers Quantum Racing, the 2016 circuit champions.

    In essence, this one light-airs race mirrored, again, what has been seen prevailing often this season. Quantum Racing made an excellent start, led for most of the race, but were caught out on the last run when they, and Azzurra sailed ...
    Published on 09-20-2017 09:20 AM
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    Although it's hard to fathom, but the Rolex Big Boat Series wasn't the only sailing event going on last week,
    and some pretty damn impressive action was going on in the uber wealthy resort land known as Monaco.

    Carlo Borlenghi was on hand to capture on particularly windy day at Monaco Classic Week




    ...
    Published on 09-19-2017 09:58 AM
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    Early action at the Standard Worlds putting sailors to the test!



    all images © Duje Petric Photography





    Pavlos Kontides is the New Laser Standard World Champion

    (Split, Croatia) – The second electrical storm of the week at the Laser Standard Men’s World Championships passed by Split today while the fleet were held on shore. Although it was not directly overhead, it was strong enough ...
    Published on 09-19-2017 09:44 AM
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    Hurricane Maria Discussion Number 14
    NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL152017
    1100 AM AST Tue Sep 19 2017

    Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter Aircraft indicate
    that Maria regained category 5 status shortly after the last
    advisory, and that it is currently maintaining an intensity near 140
    kt with a central pressure near 927 mb. The aircraft data suggests
    an outer wind maximum that could be the start of an eyewall
    replacement cycle, but this feature ...
    Published on 09-19-2017 09:07 AM
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    FABIO POZZO (TRANSLATED BY JAMES ROBINSON TAYLOR)
    In 2003 two men met in a warehouse in Auckland. They were Grant Dalton, legend of Kiwi yachting, and Matteo de Nora, successful entrepreneur of Italian descent. Team New Zealand had just lost the America’s Cup; their ship had been sunk. And they decided to re-float her. ...
    Published on 09-18-2017 09:56 AM
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    Mystery Solved

    Earlier in the weekend, as the PAC 52 approached YRA Marker 6 off Ft Mason, the lead boat
    could not locate the buoy. Radio contact with RC ...
    Published on 09-18-2017 09:23 AM
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    Porto Cervo, September 16, 2017. The Audi J/70 World Championship, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, in collaboration with the J/70 International Class Association, and with the Title Sponsor Audi, and Official Sailmaker Quantum Sails.

    With numerous General Recalls, Black Flag in play, and a full on foam up. The Audi J/70 World Championship had a thrilling climax to remember for years to come. With sparkling sunshine, a significant sea state, and a warm westerly ...
    Published on 09-18-2017 09:14 AM
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    Hurricane Maria Discussion Number 9
    NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL152017
    1100 AM AST Mon Sep 18 2017

    Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate
    that Maria is undergoing rapid intensification. The aircraft
    reported 700-mb flight-level winds of 115 kt in the northeastern
    eyewall, along with reliable-looking surface wind estimates from the
    Stepped Frequency Microwave radiometer as high as 104 kt. In
    addition, the estimated central ...
    Published on 09-16-2017 09:02 PM
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    Day 3, a tad lighter in then morning, cooler with evidence of smoke being blown in from
    wildfires elsewhere. By 2nd race, things picked up considerably and the conditions in the slot
    transitioned from mild to wild with major ebb creating some bone jarring waters just outside the gate and
    near ...
    Published on 09-14-2017 06:21 PM
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    Peter Stoneberg's Prosail 40' Shadow X suffered structural failure with their rig in the 2nd race today near the Blackaller mark.
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    Published on 09-13-2017 11:36 AM
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    Some uneducated guessing on what may or may not happen in each division....



    The J-70's, a much reduced number since last years SF Worlds, with 11 boats vs 36,
    we will stick with previous results, with Snow Bigden's Cool Story Bro edging out Peter Cameron's Prime Number
    as a consolation prize for not going to Porto Cervo this year, where, if you have not heard, Clicky,
    there is plenty of drama but not so much sailing...




    J-105's are the largest fleet this ...
    Published on 09-13-2017 10:02 AM
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    · The Macif Group and François Gabart are ready for the single-handed round the world record on a multihull

    · The MACIF skipper is currently in the final stages of his preparation

    · He will be on standby as of Sunday 22 October





    Credit: Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Macif

    During a press conference this Wednesday at the Paris headquarters of the Macif Group, François Gabart and his sponsor talked about his next competitive target: to ...
    Published on 09-13-2017 09:12 AM
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    With too much wind to play sailboat, the folks at the J-70 Worlds have found other ways to entertain themselves.
    of th 173 boats that were originally registered, 7 were determined not to be class compliant. one of which, apparently on of which
    is the son of Vincenzo Onorato, who has taken exception to his son's boat expulsion:






    AUDI J70 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: LETTER FROM VINCENZO ONORATO

    Porto Cervo (OT), 13rd settembre 2017

    The
    ...
    Published on 09-12-2017 03:59 PM
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    Less than 2 weeks after his Nacra 17 accident, Bora has managed to climb back on the saddle
    and begin therapy that will enable him to ...
    Published on 09-12-2017 10:01 AM
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    Blasted by Hurricane Irma, the Conch Republic's Southernmost Point Buoy took a blasting.





    "The Southernmost Point Buoy is an anchored concrete buoy (that ...
    Published on 09-12-2017 09:43 AM
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    Lake Balaton (Hungary) - During Finland's World Championships, these days on Lake Balaton in Hungary, Finnish athlete Mikael Hyryläinen had a bad surprise on board.
    ...

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