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    Published on 08-16-2017 03:45 PM
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    As the world´s best 8 metre sailors gather together at the waterside, the late summer conditions could hardly be better at Hankř.
    Clear sky and slightly above 20 degrees welcome the participants of this year´s 8 Metre World Cup at Hankř Yacht Club tonight. After two days of tune up races during the weekend, the official World cups kicked off on Monday 14. The first warning signals will be at 1200 every day during the race week. 28 yachts from nine nations, including H.M King Harald of Norway ´s "Sira", will be fighthing on the water to win the World Cup Trophee ...
    Published on 08-16-2017 08:47 AM
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    Ugo Fonolla/Volvo Ocean Race

    Spanish team MAPFRE completed overall Leg Zero victory in the early hours of Wednesday (16 August) and struck the first psychological blow in the build-up to the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.

    But what the Leg Zero series of qualifiers confirmed above all is that all the teams boasting race experience and/or preparation time are extremely closely matched.

    The newer teams know they have more work to do, but there are still plenty of positives to take from the ...
    Published on 08-15-2017 10:27 AM
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    Setting off at 4am on Wednesday 9th August Ollie Hill, Ella Lance and Joshua Davies attempted to break the 30-year-old record of 13 hours and 55 minutes for going around the Isle of Wight in Optimist dinghies. The previous record was set ...
    Published on 08-15-2017 10:20 AM
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    Article by Duncan Johnstone STUFF NZ

    Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton says the protocol for the next America's Cup "is basically done" and they are on course to deliver it by the end of September.

    Dalton is in Europe working on plans for the 2021 defence in Auckland with Italian challenger of record Luna Rossa.

    He's ...
    Published on 08-15-2017 07:56 AM
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    Gladiator joins the Pac52 Class!

    Team Gladiator Project Manager, Tom Wilson, has confirmed that Gladiator will join the Pac52 Class this Fall and for 2018. Gladiator is owned ...
    Published on 08-13-2017 04:05 PM
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    Buzz Blackett's Antrim 40' Califonia Condor gets a bit too close to the surf overnight during the annual overnight
    OYRA Drakes Bay Regatta



    They tried rafting up last ...
    Published on 08-13-2017 03:37 PM
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    131 boats took part in thies weekend's Verve Cup at the
    Chicago Yacht Club. And from the images just posted, it looks like the weather cooperated quite nicely!


    Kashmir Wins 2017 Chicago Yacht Club Verve Cup
    Chicago, IL

    Karl Brummel, Steve Henderson and Mike Mayer’s Kashmir won the overall Verve Cup Trophy today at the conclusion of the 25th annual Verve Cup Offshore Regatta hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club.

    This year’s Verve Cup, which featured a three-day offshore course race from Friday through Sunday, a one-day distance race on Saturday ...
    Published on 08-13-2017 02:10 PM
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    The Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 Test Event comes to an end, as the five remaining gold medallists are decided.
    The last day of the Test Event kicked off with sunny and windy conditions in the Bay of Aarhus, Denmark. Temperatures reached 19°C, and a south-westerly breeze of 11 - 15 knots, gusting 20, provided challenging conditions for competitors.

    After 5 of the Olympic ...
    Published on 08-13-2017 02:03 PM
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    Simon Hoffman and Johnny Durcan, right, at St. Mary Medical Center earlier this week after Durcan's rescue.



    Story by Nick Tabakoff The Australian

    One moment, teen sailor Simon Hoffman was taking a key step *towards his Olympic dream by competing in the 29ers World Championship off Los Angeles.
    The next, he was in the midst of a life-and-death struggle more akin to a Hollywood blockbuster, under the hull of an upturned boat.
    The 18-year-old from New*castle in NSW is a Christian and ...
    Published on 08-13-2017 09:57 AM
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    MAPFRE continue Leg Zero dominance in opening act of final stage



    MAPFRE maintained their near-faultless performance in Volvo Ocean Race qualifying – and gave themselves the best possible chance of completing overall victory in the Leg Zero series – as they led the fleet over the finish line on a short opening stage of the final race out of ...
    Published on 08-13-2017 09:49 AM
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    12.08.2017 by Ben Remocker
    Class Update following the Nacra Sailing recall of Foiling Boats

    On Friday August 11, 2017, Nacra Sailing issued a recall and sent it to all foiling boat owners as well as the class executive. The recall notice is included at the bottom of this communication.

    The chain of events that lead to this recall are as follows:

    Two test foils broke about 6 weeks before the first delivery of foiling equipment. These breaks were of the prototype foil design, and occurred before production began. The cause was an unplanned for failure mechanism that occurs when the boat is heavily loaded to leeward and then the windward foil catches. This occurs primarily when the leaps out of the water and gets push downwind, then putting the full force of motion into the typically unloaded side of the windward board.
    These first breaks were at the inside of the elbow of the daggerboards. The foil was redesigned to account for breakage at this area, and we have not seen failure there so far.

    The boats and foils were then distributed to the first 40 teams. In the 2nd or 3rd day of sailing, the Swedish team broke on of their foils in the manner described above, but the break did not occur at the elbow as in previous iterations, instead it broke at the point of exit of the hull at the ‘bearing’ surface of the cassette that holds the board in place




    The current cassette, photographed above, is the same concept of design as used in the A-cat 4-point filing designs. It is made from an advanced plastic called POM and is a single piece. Due to it’s single piece construction, one side must be very shallow to allow the curved boards to fit though the gaps while maintaining ...
    Published on 08-11-2017 11:25 AM
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    BOSTON — The Coast Guard is scheduled to be out in full force Friday through Sunday enforcing paddlecraft safety.

    Since April 2017, the Coast Guard has conducted more than 370 paddlecraft boardings and ...
    Published on 08-11-2017 10:34 AM
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    The racing yacht Bumblebee V has run aground off Byron Bay on the north coast of NSW. She was being delivered to Hamilton Island Race Week by a professional crew when she hit a reef.

    The crew abandoned the stricken vessel and took to ...
    Published on 08-11-2017 09:51 AM
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    Xabi Fernández and his in-form MAPFRE team claimed their second victory in Leg Zero qualifying with another commanding performance in the build-up to the Volvo Ocean Race.

    MAPFRE had a lead of seven nautical miles when they crossed the finish line at 0629 UTC off the iconic French sailing city of Saint-Malo.

    Team Brunel took second place in their first race sailing with new recruit Peter Burling, the Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup winning helmsman, whose signing was ...
    Published on 08-11-2017 09:23 AM
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    Three in a row for Night and Day
    Friday 11 August 2017 - AM

    Probably the toughest battle in the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race was the duel for the lead in the largest class of the smallest boats, IRC Four. This was an all-French affair, both in French-built JPK 10.10 sisterships and both teams from northern France. However one was doublehanded from Cherbourg; the other fully crewed from Le Havre. And they have considerable ...
    Published on 08-10-2017 09:12 AM
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    © Marc Bow/Volvo Ocean Race


    Saint-Malo: Here We Come

    The fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s left Plymouth on Thursday for the third race of the Leg Zero qualifying series
    August 10, 2017

    The fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s left Plymouth on Thursday for the third race of the Leg Zero qualifying series – weaving their way through waves of tired/euphoric sailors ...
    Published on 08-10-2017 08:49 AM
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    Class leaders firming up
    Thursday 10 August 2017 - AM



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    Overnight and into a magnificent West Country morning, boats have been streaming across the Rolex Fastnet Race finish line and into Plymouth Yacht Haven. With this, the leaders in the bigger classes have begun firming up along with the prospects for the boat that will be the crowned overall winner under IRC in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s biennial flagship offshore race. ...
    Published on 08-10-2017 08:48 AM
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    Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup winning helmsman Peter Burling has joined Team Brunel for the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race – and he’s already out sailing with his new teammates in pre-race qualifying.

    The signing of the world’s most in-demand ...
    Published on 08-09-2017 02:35 PM
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    Judge issues ruling for the Coast Guard and suspends local Captain's Merchant Mariner Credential

    PORTLAND, Ore. — An administrative law judge decided that U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland proved its case against the captain of the Portland Spirit ...
    Published on 08-09-2017 09:43 AM
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    Dongfeng Race Team win dash for Rolex Fastnet Race finish line
    Wednesday 9 August 2017 - AM

    Some of the world’s most high profile ocean racing yachts arrived in Plymouth in the early hours of this morning at the end of the Rolex Fastnet Race.

    Following Rambler, Ludde Ingvall’s 100ft maxi CQS and Nikata, (at 115ft LOA, the longest yacht in the race), came the fleet of seven identical VO65s competing on Leg Zero of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. However, in an exceptional performance, ...

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