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    Published on 07-08-2019 02:05 PM
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    Luna Rossa has released a video of their training on and off the water with some snippets of their
    3 man mini foiler.







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    Published on 07-08-2019 10:28 AM
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    Randall Reeves Took A break in Halifax to replenish supplies, fix some things and visit family and friends before pushing off for the next leg,
    which resumed on July 2nd. We catch up with Moli and Randall now:




    Eight months following wind and sea succeeded by one month tethered ashore. Neither seems real; in both cases, time has flown. This morning, Mo tugs gently at her anchor. She is happy enough here, as am I, but she knows we must move on. Much has been accomplished but not yet the goal. The whole of the north lies between us and a return.

    As is the case wherever Mo touches, here we have been the recipients of much kindness. Tony and Connie, Wayne, Rob, Sebastiaan and Rhiannon, Ben, Rich, John, Sandy and Hagen are just a few of those who have helped to ready us for the next leg.

    In fact, Mo was ready yesterday, but her skipper was not. He chose to dally, futzing with this and that bit of stowage, and in the evening and after the rain ended, taking one last, long stroll to see the town and her fireworks.

    The dingy will come aboard after this note. And then we will be on our way to St John’s, on our way to the rest of the story…



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    Dutch, an aluminum expedition boat sailed by my friends Sebastiaan and Rhiannon, meets Mo at the breakwater, and together we turn towards the sea. Dutch and family are out for a few weeks of summer cruising. Like Mo, they are headed north.

    The day is sunny. I am in shirtsleeves. The brisk wind off the land ...
    Published on 07-08-2019 09:36 AM



    Lightning quick reflexes by Harry Minucci caught this strike in Boston Harbor
    on Saturday was a series of thunderheads ...
    Published on 07-08-2019 09:22 AM
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    12 METRE PRE-WORLDS: LAST BLAST BEFORE THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    NEWPORT, R.I. (July 2019) – In preparation for next week’s 12 Metre World Championship (July 8-13) in Newport, R.I., a fleet of 16 12 Metres competed in Sail Newport’s annual Newport Regatta and counted it as their official 12 Metre Pre-Worlds. After five races over two days (July 6-7), New Zealand (KZ-3), Victory ’83, (K-22) Columbia (US-16) and Nyala (US-12) became the names to beat, winning their respective divisions, but not without a fight. This regatta foreshadowed the intense competition to come when 22 of these yachts – considered ...
    Published on 07-07-2019 11:11 AM
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    Today marked the first day of the final series at the 2019 ILCA Laser Standard Men’s Worlds. With the top sailors now all grouped in the Gold Fleet, the battle of the worlds best will now unfold. Today’s conditions were challenging and it showed on the score sheet with some sailors near top of the standings ...
    Published on 07-06-2019 01:04 PM
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    This 50th editions of the Transpac is one to behold and with 90 boat in 12 divisions, it certainly will be an entertaining
    one to observe, even if you are not lucky enough to be there in person chugging across the Pacific!
    Here is a preview of what might happen and what little we know....


    Division 6 has 11 boats ranging from the Figaro Beneteau 3 foiler A Fond Le Girafon,
    2 Farr 57's, a Tripp 56' and a few 40' boats in the mix. Drew Belk's Beneteau First 40 Precepts II has previous experience,
    finishing 3rd in division in 2015 and the Bene's are rating happy boats, so we'll pick them to win with the Farr 57'
    Ho'okolohe ...
    Published on 07-05-2019 02:18 PM
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    Transpac Record Setter Relaunched and Ready for 50th Edition

    Los Angeles, California: The world-famous sailing yacht Merlin is set to embark on the 50th
    running of the classic Transpacific Race from California to Hawaii on July 13. Merlin set an
    elapsed time record in 1977 that stood for two decades. The boat has been recently refit and is
    ready for launch out of Southern California in hopes of continuing the yacht’s winning legacy.





    The newly refit Merlin will be on display at the Long Beach Yacht Club on Thursday, July 11,
    from 6-9 p.m. for a Transpac send off party. The Merlin Yacht Racing crew is honored to host
    designer and builder Bill Lee ...
    Published on 07-05-2019 12:13 PM
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    Torqeedo Issues Safety Recall


    Important safety warning
    Dear Customer, we place the highest value on the quality and safety of our products. We are therefore informing you about a possible safety risk in connection with the batteries used in our outboard ...
    Published on 07-05-2019 11:16 AM
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    July 5th, 2019



    Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini are in California for the Transpacific Yacht Race

    The 50th edition of the race will start from Los Angeles on July 13th

    The Italian trimaran is getting ready to challenge Argo and ...
    Published on 07-05-2019 10:33 AM
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    July 5 Update: SHK Scallywag in Final Throes of Transatlantic Race 2019

    NEWPORT, R.I. - Eyes are glued to the tracker and bets have been laid for when the first two arrivals in the Transatlantic Race 2019 will reach Cowes.






    At midday UTC, Lee Seng Huang's 100-foot maxi, SHK Scallywag had just passed Portland Bill and was using her length and towering rig to defy ...
    Published on 07-04-2019 04:14 PM
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    With all the hoopla currently occurring at our Southern border and invite to duel with our neighbors at our Northern border seemed appropriate. Since we have not erected a great, great wall and made the Canadians pay for it a large contingent of sailors made the trek South from this frozen nation to compete ...
    Published on 07-04-2019 03:34 PM
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    Things got a little exciting for kids at the Inverness YC's Youth Sailing Program earlier this week as a big ebb mashed up against
    strong winds and created some havoc for the juniors and the instructors alike. But the kids will have some wild stories
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    Published on 07-04-2019 10:19 AM
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    July 3 Update: Transatlantic Race 2019 Features Match Races Throughout Fleet


    NEWPORT, R.I. — With the Irish coast just 200 nautical miles away for race leader Wizard at 1500 UTC today, the front runners in the Transatlantic Race 2019 might seem to be on the home straight, but there remain many hurdles and potholes ahead before they cross the Royal Yacht Squadron finish line this weekend.



    TRACKER


    At present David and Peter Askew’s VO70 and Lee Seng Huang's 100-foot maxi SHK Scallywag (top photo) are attempting to find the best way to exit an area of high pressure just off Ireland’s west coast. Once free, the forecast warns of fickle headwinds for the final 160 nautical miles they must sail up the English Channel to Cowes.

    Since late evening Monday the tracker has stopped functioning onboard SHK Scallywag. Positions are now being sent through manually from the maxi and at 1500 UTC this showed her having made major inroads into Wizard’s lead. On Monday morning SHK Scallywag had been trailing her rival by around 90 miles. At 1500 ...
    Published on 07-03-2019 09:28 AM
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    July 2 Update: Transatlantic Race 2019 Leaders Setting Up to Slow Down


    NEWPORT, R.I. - For the last three days the frontrunners in the Transatlantic Race 2019 have been striding across the North Atlantic at 20-plus-knot speeds, eating up the miles to Cowes in the strong southerlies - exactly the dramatic conditions and high ...
    Published on 07-03-2019 09:15 AM
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    A month to go: 21 IMOCAs registered for the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race

    In just one month from now on Saturday 3rd August, 21 double-handed crews in the IMOCA category will line up off Cowes for the start of the 48th Rolex Fastnet Race, the classic biennial offshore race. Officially part of the IMOCA Globe Series (with a weighting of 2) and part of the selection process for the 2020 Vendée Globe, this 608 mile race takes the fleet via the Fastnet Rock to the finish in Plymouth and will be a good test for the double-handed crews preparing ...
    Published on 07-02-2019 02:57 PM
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    When work needs to be done on the boat, usually the LAST person you will see in the mix getting dirty would be the skipper.

    But in this case, Giovanni Soldini is quite ...
    Published on 07-02-2019 11:07 AM
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    "Day 2 at Ballena Alegre Camping, Costa Brava, Spain. “Ballena Alegre” means literally Happy Whale, and that mood is the one we hear from the sailors on the wind conditions , organization and venue.

    On the course Danny & Kostas kept their perfect bullet work until the 3rd race of the day where some issues with a jib block relegated them to 11th in that one. Still two bullets earlier made for 5 wins and the 11th as discard to lead the Championship ahead Bundock-Conor. The Australian Master and his youth apprentice put pedal to the metal today obtaining
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    Published on 07-02-2019 09:33 AM
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    Wizard Update

    Time 1020 UTC. 49 24N 022 01W Speed 19.2 knots Course 075 magnetic. True Wind Speed: 16 knots.

    810nm to the finish and approaching the high pressure ridge. Wind speed is dropping,the sky is clearing and the barometer is rising. The sleigh ride is coming to an end and now its back to tactical sailing.

    The trick is to get into the high enough to use the shape to get a nice lift on the exit, while keeping enough wind speed to keep moving. Sometimes it feels a bit like Icarus making sure we don't fly too close to the sun (read High).

    We don't know where our closest competitor Scallywag is (and presumably neither do you, the reader). Their tracker has not worked since 2300utc last night. After about two hours I got worried for them and tried calling their sat phone: no answer! Shit! I then began composing an email to try to establish that they were OK. Luckily I got a call back from Miles (Navigator) on Scallywag who indicated they were fine. Phew! That nasty feeling in the pit of my stomach subsided. I've been involved in enough "dramas" at sea and did not need another one.

    Luckily, the sailing instructions state that "If a transponder fails, the Organising Authority will attempt to establish a communication ...
    Published on 07-01-2019 02:33 PM
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    Image © Nancy Bloom

    Article by LISA McCURDY/Newport Life


    The 12 Metre World Championship July 8–13 will be the largest gathering of 12 Metre yachts in U.S. history, and the second largest in the world, ever.

    A sailor perches on the foredeck of a 12 Metre–class yacht, ignoring the deafening din of flapping sails and fluttering rigging that engulfs him. The bowman wedges himself onto the forwardmost portion of the deck, craning his neck over the bow as his eyes sweep left to right and back ...
    Published on 07-01-2019 02:09 PM
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    NEWPORT TROPHY REGATTA SHOWDOWN WON BY COLUMBIA, CHALLENGE XII AND NEW ZEALAND
    NEWPORT, R.I. (June 30 2019) – The Newport Trophy Regatta hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and held this weekend (June 29-30) for ten 12 Metres, gave a sneak preview of the intense racing to come in July’s 12 Metre World Championship, where ...
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