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    Published on 04-25-2018 10:12 AM
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    After substantial time spent in Hobart getting Molli repaired, Randall Reeves had a grand new plan:

    The New Plan

    Mo and I will depart for San Francisco non-stop in mid-April and should sail under the Golden Gate Bridge as early as middle June.

    I then plan to begin the Figure 8 route all over again in September of this year.

    When I arrive home, I will have completed a solo circumnavigation of some 25,000 miles via the Southern Ocean and in two stops—not so remarkable except that it may be the longest shakedown cruise in history.


    Yet, nothing worth doing is ever easy and once again, gremlin rear their ugly heads:





    Day 125 (Day 1 of this leg)

    Noon Position: 44.00S 150.46E

    Course/Speed: ...
    Published on 04-25-2018 09:32 AM
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    The BBC Reports


    The director of a yacht management company has been cleared of the manslaughter of four men who died when their vessel capsized in the Atlantic.

    The crew of the Cheeki Rafiki died after the 40ft vessel lost its keel and capsized more than 700 miles off the coast of ...
    Published on 04-25-2018 09:12 AM
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    The giants make landfall in Marseille



    It is in Marseille that the first edition of the Nice UltiMed kicks off tomorrow. For two days, from Wednesday 25 to Thursday 26 April, the local public will be able to get up close and personal ...
    Published on 04-24-2018 02:02 PM
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    Hawaii's annual Lipton Cup regatta took place this weekend off of Kaneohe, O'ahu and included four teams representing different yacht clubs around the state. Sailed in an ocean course outside the Bay to allow for longer leg lengths, the teams were met with brilliant conditions; a 1-2 meter ...
    Published on 04-24-2018 09:10 AM
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    Dongfeng Race Team snuck into the lead on Tuesday as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet continued to skirt Leg 8's first major obstacle – the St Helena High.

    The famed anticyclone is renowned for dominating the South Atlantic and making tricky sailing for Volvo Ocean Race teams heading north or south.

    Constantly expanding and contracting, the St Helena High – also known as the South Atlantic High Pressure Cell – is currently centred ...
    Published on 04-23-2018 03:31 PM
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    2018 OYRA Full Crewed Lightship : One Lump Or Two?


    Adrenalin above and Hano Ho Below



    Saturdays annual kick off to the ORA offshore season, began as scheduled, with 1st gun off the GGYC at 9:30 as scheduled. With 60 boats in 6 division eager to get on the ebb escalator, enjoying light winds and wall to wall sunshine. The RC got two divisions headed out before the wind took a siesta. The lucky early fleets had just enough wind to climb up towards the center span before the breeze ...
    Published on 04-23-2018 08:46 AM
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    Game on as Volvo Ocean Race fleet switches back to race mode

    The Volvo Ocean Race fleet was punching due east on Monday as the sailors settle back into life at sea less than 24 hours into Leg 8.




    Following a big send-off from Itajai, Brazil, on Sunday, the seven-strong fleet – back up to full complement with the welcome return of Vestas 11th Hour Racing and Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag – faced a tricky opening night of unpredictable weather.

    There was little chance ...
    Published on 04-20-2018 03:44 PM
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    If you have never heard of a Starling Dinghy, you are not alone.

    It was not until a few reports from Livesaildie crossed our monitor
    that we were even aware. But in New Zealand they are a quite popular stepping stone for teens to utilize whilst in their formative
    years, a nice, inexpensive trainer for those tweener years.




    ...
    Published on 04-20-2018 02:45 PM
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    ADVENTURE ON THE HIGH SEAS
    A toy pirate ship launched by two young brothers from Aberdeenshire, Scotland has sailed the high seas to Scandinavia. It is now braving the rough seas of the southern Atlantic in a bid to make it all the way to the Americas




    Ollie Ferguson, eight, and Harry, five, from Turriff, ...
    Published on 04-20-2018 11:29 AM
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    Congressional Cup Gives Sailors & Spectators A Taste Of The Wild, Wild, West

    Day2 LONG BEACH, CALIF 19 APRIL 2018 - - More round-ups than a Western movie thrilled spectators, and challenged competitors, on Day Two of the Long Beach Yacht Club Congressional Cup regatta. Dean Barker (USA) and Team American Magic continued to hold the reins at the top of the leaderboard, as racing continued into the second Round Robin.

    As the breeze rocketed up to 18 knots, there were wipe-outs, collisions and protests ...
    Published on 04-20-2018 09:16 AM
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    News from the shores of Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, Australia










    A severe thunderstorm that hit the Hunter last night caused carnage at Belmont 16 Footers yacht club, with strong winds tossing ...
    Published on 04-19-2018 02:05 PM
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    Team SHK/Scallywag pulled up to the dock at the bustling Itajaí Race Village at mid-afternoon on Thursday, completing its delivery trip from the west coast of Chile.

    The boat had previously made landfall in Chile after retiring from Leg 7 following the loss of crew member John Fisher, with a delivery crew taking on the task of getting the boat to Itajaí.

    Now the team is in a race against time to be ready for the Leg 8 to Newport, Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon.











    Neil Cox, the Head of the Boatyard, ...
    Published on 04-18-2018 10:57 PM
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    An Environmental Rescue Startup out of Alameda California has developed a technology
    that just may well rid us of the Pacific Gyre and other open ocean debris fields forever!



    OVER 5 TRILLION PIECES OF PLASTIC CURRENTLY ...
    Published on 04-18-2018 10:47 AM
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    Towed since Sunday, the Maxi Banque Populaire joined late yesterday the port of Casablanca after traveling the 130 miles that separated it from the coast.
    The technical ...
    Published on 04-18-2018 09:15 AM
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    Prepare yourselves, Scallywags, because the Scallywag Delivery Team are roughly 200nm away from Itajai!

    Currently located at ...
    Published on 04-17-2018 02:08 PM
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    News
    17 April 2018
    ​John Williams, Owner of Ranger, Passes Away

    The J Class is deeply saddened by the news that John A Williams, the enthusiastic owner of Ranger, passed away suddenly on Monday, 16th April.

    John, ...
    Published on 04-17-2018 01:42 PM
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    From The Star Weekly


    A member of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria at Williamstown has died during a prestigious annual event held in gusty conditions on Port Phillip Bay.

    Crew members from other yachts scrambled to save Max Peters, after he fell overboard in rough seas and strong winds on Sunday.

    Sandringham Yacht Club had been hosting ...
    Published on 04-17-2018 01:17 PM
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    A COMPANY director has been crushed to death by his own 29ft sailing yacht after it fell on him.

    The 56-year-old man had been carrying out general repairs beneath the half-tonne ...
    Published on 04-17-2018 01:01 PM
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    https://www.sciencealert.com Reports

    Scientists Have Accidentally Created a Mutant Enzyme That Eats Plastic Waste
    This could be a solution to our plastic addiction.

    PETER DOCKRILL 17 APR 2018
    They found the first ones in Japan. Hidden in the soil at a plastics recycling plant, researchers unearthed a microbe that had evolved to eat the soda bottles dominating its habitat, after you ...
    Published on 04-17-2018 10:28 AM
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    An even 100 shorthanded crews signed for the Single Handed Sailing Society's
    "Round The Rocks" race on Saturday. A 19.3 nm jaunt from the Berkeley Circle, up and over
    "The Rock" Alcatraz, and up to Harding Rock and then north the Bothers, leaving all to starboard,
    then back south leaving Red Rock to port and finishing in the Potrero Reach at the RYC Race Platform.







    Conditions were as expected, light to medium at start with winds in the ...

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