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    Published on 10-23-2014 10:54 AM
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    Always keeping an eye out for the changing conditions. Brian Carlin/Team Vestas Wind/Volvo Ocean Race

    The push and shove of 12 knots of Atlantic breeze – things are looking up.

    The crackle of the sails and the crush of the waves – things are looking up.
    Brighter skies and a brand new hemisphere – things are looking up.
    On board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, things are looking up.
    First in the fleet, and out of the Doldrums, they’re heading fast towards the Equator, trade winds blowing gusts of encouragement around their ...
    Published on 10-20-2014 11:34 AM
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    Meanwhile, Artemis Racing has resumed SF Bay Training on the AC 45's on San Francisco Bay.

    Destination ...
    Published on 10-20-2014 09:35 AM
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    Latest position report: 0430 UTC

    Leader: Dongfeng Race Team

    Spread of fleet: 85 nautical miles

    Wind speed: 13-11 knots

    Sea state: moderate

    Boat speed: 15-12 knots

    The fleet has been split by the Cape Verde Islands with three going south and four north.

    Leaders Dongfeng Race ...
    Published on 10-18-2014 08:27 AM
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    Horace trims the main on Dongfeng Photo by Yann Riou / Dongfeng Race Team

    “We now have the spare rudder in. It was a really great effort from the whole team and I am actually quite proud of us doing that.”
    “But… of course we aren’t first anymore.”

    In true Swedish style, Martin Strömberg never gives anything away. But Dongfeng’s trimmer is frustrated – his team was in the lead yesterday evening, and lost it overnight.

    But only because the Chinese boat hit an unidentified object: one of their rudders broke and ...
    Published on 10-16-2014 10:42 AM
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    OCTOBER 16, 2014

    Broken dreams we live with, a broken boat we cannot! After the night we got a thrashing from, things were not working as expected.

    It began when Wouter discovered the AIS wasn’t working on the navigation laptop. As mentioned in a previous blog the spare/performance laptop took a swim and is no longer with us. The sea state was still rather rough so we started from the bottom up, problem solving.

    All the base units appear to work fine. The only possible answer and it was still a little ...
    Published on 10-12-2014 02:51 PM
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    The 2014-2015 is in the middle of its 2nd night and reports and photos are trickling in. Nothing dramatic as of yet and the teams are settling into thier routines as they approach Gibralter and eject from the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic. The Volvo Ocean Race Website takes some getting used to, and finding information is a bit daunting, but once you navigate safely to the "DASH BOARD" and then onto the Tracker (Download Required) you can start getting a feel for the acual progress.

    The Watch Log will provide some short concise info on how ...
    Published on 10-09-2014 07:25 AM
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    Updated this story of an alleged child abduction ...
    Published on 09-10-2014 09:40 AM
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    Sneak peak images of the brand spanking new Pogo3 expected to splash which will launch tomorrow!

    More to come from Pogo Structures ...
    Published on 09-08-2014 11:13 AM
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    The Australian Sports Boat Association just released a preview of the Jameson 650 designed by Paul Bieker

    "At best guess, she is a 1700 hour build with 400 remaining.650 iso2 1
    Her displacement is less than half of Helter Skelter’s but carries a similar sail area.
    She carries the rudder mounted hydrofoil which will assist up wind, effectively making the yacht think she’s a little longer than she actually is."

    Foil Adjustment system on top of the rudder blade ...
    Published on 08-27-2014 12:30 PM
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    Kitetender 400, The ultimate dinghy!

    Since march 2014 the Kitetender400 has been seriously tested. Some minor modifications like anti spray, placing footsteps have been done. The model is completely ready for glass fibre production.

    Topspeed so far 21 knots ! (Podersdorf Austria, velocitek measured)

    KiteTender® Concept

    Kitetender is a special designed monohull for kitesailing as a result of years of testing, developing and prototyping. Technical hull ...
    Published on 08-12-2014 09:38 AM
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    Teeth are chattering. Eyes are blood shot. Bodies are aching. When we do have the chance to sleep, it is in bursts.

    It's nearly 0600 and except for a few naps during the night, Team SCA has been up for 24hrs. "It's tiring," Annie said. "And the boys are sailing fast. But, by no means, are we even thinking about giving up”.

    "At the moment, it's pretty much a drag race for all of us but definitely ...
    Published on 08-12-2014 08:21 AM
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    LICANTE, Spain – Vestas, the world’s leading wind energy company, was today announced as the seventh and final boat for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.

    Six-time world champion Chris Nicholson, who will be contesting his fifth race, will skipper the boat and work is already well underway to ready the Danish company’s team for the race start in October.

    “It’s an honour to be skipper of Team Vestas Wind. They have unmatched expertise in harnessing the power ...
    Published on 07-28-2014 12:03 PM
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    Graham Garrenton provides a recap of the 2014 Chi-Mac race and the after party!

    The 106th Race to Mackinac was shaping up to be a chilly one, water temps in the upper lake still in the 40’s just a month before the race. After almost 95% ice coverage this ...
    Published on 07-28-2014 09:59 AM
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    Our latest project is the sleek and aggressive 62′ SuperNikka for Italian owner Roberto Lacorte. A unique combination of light powerful carbon racer and fully featured family cruiser, SuperNikka is based on a ...
    Published on 07-24-2014 05:47 PM
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    UPDATE: Outteridge Wins Worlds!


    An earlier start allowed the Gold fleet to get a full four races on the penultimate day of the International Moth World Championships at Hayling Island, with the Silver fleet once again getting in three.

    The breeze was a gusty and shifty 8-13 knots, which dropped off during the final race as it shifted round to the East. Once again racing ...
    Published on 07-22-2014 09:20 AM
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    The 7th Annual Double Damned Regatta is set for August 9th at the Columbia River Gorge.




    Published on 07-17-2014 11:38 AM
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    The International Moth UK Nationals are underway at Hayling Island Sailing Club. The club is awash with the vast fleet getting set for the worlds and this morning saw sailors bimbling with their boats, talking about the wind (or lack of it) and many preparing for their first true racing at the worlds venue.

    Tim Hancock's ...
    Published on 06-26-2014 08:18 AM
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    Catamaran Sailing News Files the following report on the A-Cat Europeans:

    "Today the racing was delayed and the CVB nailed it. Perfect sailing conditions, +15-17 knots steady breeze. It was airtime for the newer foils equipped boats and full speeding for the floating fleet. Best day so far of the Europeans at Lake Hourtin.

    Glenn Ashby continued his usual bullet collection to lead the championship by 5 points over Jason Waterhouse (3,3).
    Published on 06-21-2014 10:29 AM
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    164 boats, 15 Classes, 8 downwind spinnaker starts, 1 big windshift, 7 windward starts, thousands of happy sailors and spectators.

    By John Rousmaniere

    Who would have thought that spinnakers would be flown at the starts of two Newport Bermuda Races in a row? The race did not gain its well-known nickname, “The Thrash ...
    Published on 06-21-2014 09:42 AM
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    Stephanie L. Kwolek, a DuPont chemist who invented the technology behind Kevlar, a virtually bulletproof ...
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