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    Published on 05-27-2015 10:45 AM
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    When the mission calls for a gunslinger, you need a gunslinger!

    Go get em cowboy! ...
    by Published on 05-27-2015 09:30 AM
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    So, it started on Thursday, when Skipper Jen Hinkel called to ask for a little help with the rigging ...
    Published on 05-27-2015 09:17 AM
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    Photo © Ainhoa Sanchez, Volvo Ocean Race


    Lisbon, Portugal, May 27, 2015 – In a stunning overnight comeback, Team Alvimedica worked their way through the fleet from fifth to ...
    Published on 05-26-2015 05:31 PM
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    Cranking along at 21 knots, Bouwe Bekking and crew on team Brunel are within 92 nm of finish
    in Lisbon, with Mapfre and Dongfeng nipping at their heels!
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    Published on 05-26-2015 05:05 PM
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    On the fifteenth day after leaving San Francisco, Maserati has to face weaker winds than expected. The depression located in front of the Italian VOR 70 has lost bit of intensity, the pressure ...
    Published on 05-26-2015 04:42 PM
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    Alain Thébault (FRA) and his crew on the 60-foot foiling trimaran L’Hydroptère are on standby in Los Angeles awaiting the right window of opportunity to establish ...
    Published on 05-26-2015 01:19 PM
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    After a solid week of cold damp fog enshrouding the Northern California Coast reaching far inland, the forecast for Fridays jaunt from San Francisco to Monterey via the Spinnaker Cup was looking up. Of course it depended on the source of information , and even then , the offerings varied. Westerlies in the 15-20 knot range shifting to Northwesterly 20- 25 on the lower part of the course was the optimistic prognostication. ...
    Published on 05-25-2015 09:24 PM
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    Richmond Yacht Club has sent out the following advisory to yachty types who might engage with Southampton Shoal during their travels and seafaring contests of might:


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    Published on 05-25-2015 07:54 AM
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    Thar She Blows! Returnees from Saturdays SSS Single Handed Farallones had plenty of cetacean company
    as they closed in on the Golden Gate Strait. A steady 20-25 knot wind greeted the fleet just past Bonita combine with a 5-6 short period
    wind chop that was described as a miserable bumpy ride by even the most veteran sailors. Brian Boschma sailing aboard his Olson 34
    Red Sky provides some insight to the day below:
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    Published on 05-25-2015 07:53 AM
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    ALICANTE, Spain, May 25 – A powerful 24-hour surge by Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR) piled the pressure on overall race leaders Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) in Leg 7 on Monday, as the battle to finish first in Lisbon gathered pace.

    Team SCA navigator Libby Greenhalgh (GBR) had decided on a northern course ...
    Published on 05-24-2015 10:26 AM
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    Six races have been completed at the J/24 US National Championship, and only one point divides the top two in the standings: Chris Snow’s Bogus and David Klatt’s Jaded. The Championship, hosted by the Berkeley Yacht ...
    Published on 05-24-2015 10:20 AM
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    A 1,800 MILES FROM SHANGHAI
    May 24, 2015
    Maserati continues to navigate nell'aliseo, 14 days after leaving San Francisco. Already 4,650 ...
    Published on 05-24-2015 09:01 AM
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    This is not a dream, although it is dream like...

    Nothing like arriving to your marina after a long day of sailing your boat in 25 to 30 ...
    Published on 05-23-2015 03:17 PM
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    A small turnout but big breeze for the 7 boats which took on the Socal 300. Manouch Moshayedi's Blakely White 100'
    Rio nipped Peter Askew's RP 74 Wizard by 0.5 point to take Division 1 in the 5 leg marathon Channel Island tour and Transpac Qualifier with a unique scoring system: The SoCal 300 will feature leg scoring with 5 total legs counted. There are 4 legs on the course: Santa Barbara to Santa Rosa Island, Santa Rosa Island to San Nicholas Island, San Nicholas Island to Tanner Bank Weather Buoy, and Tanner Bank Weather ...
    Published on 05-23-2015 02:59 PM
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    Pressure Drop had the privilege of tagging along aboard Frank Slootman's RP 63' Invisible Hand
    for the 2015 Spinnaker Cup, the downhill run from San Francisco to Monterey...Lots editing to do yet..

    Stay ...
    Published on 05-23-2015 02:36 PM
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    ALICANTE, Spain, May 22 – Team Vestas Wind’s (Chris Nicholson/AUS) incredible journey to re-join the Volvo Ocean Race was nearing its final lap on Friday when the rebuilt Vestas Wind emerged out of the Persico boatyard ready for the trip to Lisbon.

    Australian skipper Nicholson hailed the return to the event as ‘a modern day miracle’ after the team’s Volvo ...
    Published on 05-21-2015 09:56 AM
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    Warm winds, brown water, rolling pasture lands with Devil's Mountain to the south and the Hills of Montezuma rising to the north. Just an hour east of the San Francisco Bay , but it feels like a time warp into an easier, simpler time. Sherman Island is the final spit of reclaimed delta levee land that separates the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers before they mix and meld into one and continue ...
    Published on 05-20-2015 04:39 PM
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    Day 7 Antics on the night shift

    During the night, we each (in our pairs) have 3 night shifts to get through. Last night, Ems and I had just got on the oars at 01:00 for our second shift. The night was a beautiful clear sky so we were looking at the amazing stars & trying to pick out the North Star, the plough, Orion’s Belt & our star ‘Doris’ (my friends had bought us it before we left). Suddenly in the distance I saw what I thought initially was a firework (until I realised we were mid-Ocean so guessing there’s not too many parties out here!) so soon realised it had to be a red flare which is a signal for distress. Emma had spotted it too which reassured me as I’ve been known to see things when I’m tired (that’s a whole other blog post!).



    We got the girls in the cabin to screenshot our location on the Navionics maps just in case it was needed again. Next ...
    Published on 05-20-2015 04:21 PM
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    Oman Sail has seized sailing’s hottest challenge with the launch of a brand new campaign named the ‘Sultanate of Oman’ for the inaugural Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour, starting next week in Austria.

    Leigh McMillan, Oman Sail’s champion skipper with two Extreme Sailing Series ...
    Published on 05-20-2015 02:08 PM
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    With the Moore 24 PCC's still fresh in the mind of the multitude of sailors on 19 boats which attended over the weekend
    still glowing in the warm aftermath of the classic Santa Cruz conditions once again delivered, ...

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