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    Published on 04-20-2019 11:41 AM
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    A blind Japanese sailor on Saturday successfully completed a near two-month, non-stop voyage from San Diego to Fukushima Prefecture, making him the first to make a so-called blind sailing Pacific Ocean crossing.
    Published on 04-19-2019 03:46 PM
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    31 Boats took to the water today in Cannes for the Europa Cup 5o5 Series representing primarily European
    countries, heavy on the German, Great Britain and France with a dash of Swiss, Belgium's and Italians and
    One Australian Team and one from the USA... And after day one, The Aussie's and Muricans( Howie Hamlin and Jeff Nelson)
    followed by Brits Ian Pinnell and Clarke Russ sit atop the leaderboard....

    CANNES, ...
    Published on 04-19-2019 09:45 AM
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    First boat to enter is Matt Brooks's 53-foot S&S ketch DORADE, shown close to the finish line in the 2013 Transpac - photo Sharon Green/Ultimate Sailing

    The 16th edition of this 3570-mile ocean race has already
    attracted five entries, including 1930 classic 53-foot ketch DORADE

    LOS ANGELES, CA - Even though still over a year away, ...
    Published on 04-19-2019 09:21 AM
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    MIAMI — The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday for an overdue boater who was reported missing during transit from Cozumel, Mexico to Tampa, Florida.

    Missing ...
    Published on 04-18-2019 11:52 AM
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    Genoa, Italy (April 18, 2019) – After fleeting winds the days prior dented progress in the racing schedule, Genoa was alive and kicking for the fourth day at the Hempel World Cup Series as a 5-7 knot western breeze ensured that each of the eight Olympic fleets, minus the Laser Radial, managed to complete at least one race.

    Among the stars were Odile van Aanholt and Marieke Jongens (NED) as they snapped up a hat trick of race wins in the 49erFX to propel themselves into pole position.

    Hitting the top of the 49-boat 49erFX fleet holds special relevance for van Aanholt and Jongens as the event is the first of two qualification events for Dutch qualification to Tokyo 2020 in the 49erFX, so the stakes are high. Four other Dutch teams are currently competing and sit in ninth, 18th, and 36th. ...
    Published on 04-17-2019 02:07 PM
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    Day Two delivered a Caribbean-perfect easterly 15-17 knots for the 10th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille for the 1,000+ sailors to complete one distance race between 21 – 34 miles dependent upon their class. While too early to place any bets, patterns are forming across seven of the nine classes with consistent 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. But as a Maxi collision and a Multi pre-start protest today demonstrate, no lead is safe. Here is today’s recap ...
    Published on 04-17-2019 12:48 PM
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    The SF Chronicle Phil Matier Reports

    The Port of Oakland’s maritime industry is raising red flags over the Oakland A’s new waterfront ballpark plan, saying the 34,000-seat stadium and housing project would pose both a safety risk to ships and a threat to the port’s future as a major, regional economic engine.

    “Between the traffic congestion it will bring, the navigational risks it will pose to shipping vessels and the land-use conflicts it will create, there’s no way for this project to proceed without doing irreparable harm to Oakland’s working waterfront,” said Mike Jacob, vice president at the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association and a leader in the coalition of port workers, bar pilots, ...
    Published on 04-17-2019 10:33 AM   
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    Interesting that hackers would choose to attack World Sailing. ...
    Published on 04-17-2019 09:37 AM
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    "Our first day was perfect…a bluebird sky and gentle breezes. Eight hours of spectacular sailing.

    Day two we awoke to another day in paradise – it was so beautiful as we left Guanaja. We cruised without a care. Then, in the distance, we saw them. At first there was one panga (a native fishing boat) – we gave them a 6 pack and they left.
    Published on 04-17-2019 09:20 AM
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    A pontoon boat broke its mooring lines in wild weather on Sunday April 14, 2019, in Lake Adger, NC. It drifted to the edge of the dam. North Carolina Wildlife ...
    Published on 04-16-2019 01:19 PM
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    Picture-perfect conditions greeted the fleets to kickstart the 10th anniversary edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille
    as the nine classes raced around the west side of St. Barth on racecourses ranging from 24 – 36 nautical miles in 15 – 20 knots of breeze.

    all images © 2019 Copyright Les Voiles de St Barth 2019

    Of the 2019 entries, almost 30 percent are first-timers, a sure sign of this regatta’s popularity known for delivering the perfect
    blend of great racing, gorgeous scenery and the St. Barth signature relaxed shoreside atmosphere.

    “Everything about this regatta is so nice,” said Marijn ...
    Published on 04-15-2019 03:24 PM
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    Testing of Early Prototype of the Pedal Drive system

    The team went through many iterations of its Pedal Drive, every time learning about what is needed for the next iteration. The first time we installed it, we confirmed that there was thrust, that perhaps we needed a slightly bigger gear and ...
    Published on 04-15-2019 02:35 PM
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    Germany's Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf got off to a perfect start in the Men's Skiff - 49er as the first ever Hempel World Cup Series event in Italy commenced in Genoa with racing in the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17.

    In a split 65-boat 49er pack, the Germans won both of the day's races in the blue fleet and were the standout performers on day one. Meanwhile, in the yellow fleet, New Zealand's Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie picked up a race win and a second to occupy the second podium spot in the early stages ...
    Published on 04-15-2019 09:32 AM
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    Sperry Charleston Race Week concluded in spectacular fashion with strong winds producing exciting action and several classes being decided during the last race.

    VX One, J/88, Viper 640, Melges 24 and ORC C were the windward-leeward classes that went down to the wire. Winners for five of the six Pursuit Hybrid and Pursuit Race, which were unable to complete any racing on Saturday, were also determined on Sunday. Mike Bruno said following Friday’s racing that he’s been jinxed at Sperry Charleston Race Week, suffering problems that prevented podium finishes in 2018 and 2017. The Armonk, New York resident thought his bad luck would be extended when Wings was ruled on-course-side in Race 9 and had to restart.

    “We came into the day saying we were going to be conservative and not make any mistakes then we got tangled up with another boat at the start and right out of the gate we were over early,” ...
    Published on 04-14-2019 11:45 AM
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    After a recent, shall we say disagreement earlier in the year at SDYC Midwinters had left the PAC52 Class
    in a state of unsureness, with RIO opting out and vowing to race instead in the handicap TP52 division at the second stop
    of the PAC 52 West Coast Championship Series, the class looked very much in flux.

    Yet Friday's results and photos from the event, showed RIO indeed back in the fleet after last minute negotiations put her back
    in the PAC52 division. (They needed 4 boats to qualify for their own start). Tight competition in 3 races on ...
    Published on 04-12-2019 06:50 PM
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    Day One on Charleston Harbor
    1sby Bill Wagner

    CHARLESTON, S.C. – There is no more picturesque sight than Charleston Harbor during the annual regatta that has brought international recognition to this historic city.

    A fleet of almost 260 sailboats in 18 different classes take over almost every inch of the Cooper River and it truly is a sight to behold. With seven different race courses set in various pockets of the harbor, a spectator viewing from land can see colorful billowing sails everywhere they look.

    Sperry Charleston Race Week 2019 got off to a rip roaring start with south-southeasterly winds ranging from 10 to 20 knots allowing organizers to complete four races for most of the classes doing ...
    Published on 04-12-2019 04:23 PM
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    Day three of the Monaco Swan One Design, hosted by the Yacht Club de Monaco, delivered two races of strikingly different conditions. The consistent 10 – 12 knots from the southwest in the first was in stark contrast to the decreasing, rapidly shifting, breeze in the second. What was unchanged between the two contests was the proximity of competition across the three classes. Mark roundings ...
    Published on 04-12-2019 10:09 AM
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    A Victorian couple and their pet dog, Charlie, have had a lucky escape from a burning yacht in waters off Moreton Island in South-East Queensland on Friday.
    Authorities were alerted to the burning boat on the south-west side of the island just after 5.30am.
    Police ...
    Published on 04-12-2019 09:39 AM
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    A recent advertisement for replacement innkeepers for the East Brothers Lighthouse brought in
    a flood of interest and over 1,000 applicants seeking the job, a unique position that requires a lot of dedication
    and willingness to be isolated in the midst of one of the ...
    Published on 04-12-2019 09:07 AM
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    Maxime Mesnil (FRA) dominated the Open Division during the second day of racing at the 2019 World Sailing Nations Cup Grand Final. In the Women’s Division Nicole Breault (USA) and Pauline Courtois (FRA) continued to rack up wins through the afternoon, sailing into a late afternoon face-off with seven wins each; the eighth was Breault’s.

    Mesnil opened the day winning a tight race ...

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