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    Published on 06-12-2014 09:25 AM
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    Just as the IMOCA Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona Race entered its next critical phase at the Strait of Gibraltar, this morning there was a profound set-back on board Safran that has forced the race’s long term leader to retire.

    At midnight UTC Safran’s crew of ...
    Published on 06-11-2014 10:27 AM
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    The 1st ever Great Pacific Race departed Monterey on Monday and attrition quickly took place with only 11 of the 13 scheduled rowing teams on the line and 4 returning immediately to harbor for a predetermined plan to clear pre-race checks.

    With ...
    Published on 06-11-2014 09:59 AM
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    The Vallejo Times Herald sent their staff out to cover the ongoing Sailbot 2014 International Robotic Sailing Regatta, ...
    Published on 06-10-2014 01:15 PM
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    The 7th Annual Double Damned Regatta is set for August 9th at the Columbia River Gorge.

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    Published on 06-10-2014 01:00 PM
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    Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation (CISF) of Jamestown, RI has teamed up with East Coast Yacht Sales to give you a chance to win a brand-new J/70 sailboat! A maximum of 650 tickets will be sold at $100 apiece, ...
    Published on 06-10-2014 09:27 AM
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    10th June 2014 – Sir Ben Ainslie, one of Britain’s best sailors, today launched his bid to win the America’s Cup, the 163-year old trophy never won by Great Britain. The Duchess of Cambridge, a keen sailor herself, attended the launch at the Royal Museums Greenwich to show her support for the campaign.



    The four-time Olympic gold medal winner, Sir Ben, who announced his challenge with Yacht Squadron Racing, said: “This is the last great historic sporting prize never won by Great Britain. It has always been my ambition to mount a home challenge. The time is right and I am hugely encouraged by the support we are getting, not least from the Duchess of Cambridge. I learned a great deal aboard Oracle in San Francisco and I would not be challenging if I did not believe we have a real chance of winning ...
    Published on 06-03-2014 11:33 AM
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    After a very tricky and tactical first day and a half, overnight the lead trio in the IMOCA Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona World Race has finally edged into the northwest side of the depression. With this life on board has taken a different complexion – no longer is it about hunting down and using the slightest breeze. The wind has increased, is more regular in direction, and most importantly at last this has allowed boat speeds to build too.


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    Published on 05-29-2014 09:49 PM
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    Ryan Breymaier & Pepe Ribes have a had quite an adventure filled month, and today were successful in winning a charity race in New York Harbor, a bit of a test with the newly refurbished rig on Hugo Boss. Ryan tells us more about the program at the bottom of the page, in case you are not up to snuff. The boat and crew look ready for Saturdays start of the New York to Barcelona Race




    Image © Mark Lloyd








    Ryan has managed to write us an update from the boat during its delivery to NYC...

    "As we near the halfway point of our delivery to NYC aboard HUGO BOSS, it is readily apparent the north Atlantic in springtime is a stern test of both boat and men.
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    Published on 05-29-2014 08:30 PM
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    TEAM ALVIMEDICA NEWS: Biggest test yet for young crew of Team Alvimedica as they set off for Newport





    Lisbon, Portugal - Team Alvimedica set out for the biggest test yet of the young crew when they leave Lisbon on Friday, bound for Newport, Rhode Island across the Atlantic in preparation for the ...
    Published on 05-29-2014 04:07 PM
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    ESP-65, Desafío Español’s first IACC boat for the 32nd America’s Cup. After being abandoned at the yacht club, docked for years, her keel fell off, ...
    Published on 05-26-2014 09:15 PM
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    Shana Bagley and Mark Howe are in their final preps and qualification stretch for the 2014 Pacific Cup, which they will double hand on the Farr 36 War Pony. Instead of beating themselves and the boat up on the Spinnaker Cup this weekend, they beat themselves and the boat up on a qualifying ...
    Published on 05-26-2014 08:59 PM
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    The 2014 edition of the Master Mariners Benevolent Society's annual hoedown is complete and by all reports, another
    great event for all. Mind you that the conditions were, San Francisco Bay at it finest with your standard rolling ebb frolicking against
    the spring time brisk 15-25 knot seabreeze, giving ...
    Published on 05-26-2014 07:47 PM
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    The Independent filed a well writen piece on the Atlantic with reference to the crew of the Cheeky Rafiki

    Loïck Peyron, the famed French yachtsman, describes the Atlantic as “a bit like my back garden”. Yet despite that cosy comparison, he admits that it still frightens him even more than South America’s notoriously challenging Cape Horn. The Atlantic is “the most dangerous place I have sailed”.
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    Published on 05-21-2014 08:51 AM
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    Alvimedica’s new kids on the block draw on world class mentoring scheme


    Team Alvimedica’s young guns challenging for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 are already making up the experience gap with innovative solutions to make them as competitive as possible before the starter’s gun sounds in October.

    Skipper Charlie Enright and Mark ...
    Published on 05-19-2014 08:52 AM
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    It’s not always about the racing, the technology or the plaudits. Sometimes it’s about the feeling of being driven by the wind, the sting of the spray, the hull carving through the water – the simple act of sailing.

    Less than five months to the first In-Port Race
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    Published on 05-16-2014 10:21 AM
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    NOAA is now providing new predictive tidal and current info:



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    Published on 05-04-2014 08:45 AM
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    Alinghi win in Qingdao despite a huge crash with Red Bull Sailing Team that knocked the Swiss out of racing



    - One of the biggest crashes in the Series’ eight-year history sees Red Bull Sailing Team T-Bone Alinghi at nearly 15 knots according to the SAP analytics, knocking both boats out of racing.
    - Realteam, the model of consistency over four hard-fought days in Qingdao, take a well deserved second place.
    - Emirates Team New Zealand take third, and are now positioned nicely to topple the old order on the overall Series leaderboard.
    - The pressure is now on The Wave, Muscat when the fleet head to Saint Petersburg ...
    Published on 05-02-2014 06:42 PM
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    It was a full pressure day as the fleet moved into stadium racing mode at the Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series™ in Qingdao, described by the skippers as ‘radical’, ‘full-on’, ‘unpredictable’ and gnarly’, with gusts up to 32 knots weaving their way through the surrounding skyscrapers like bullets screaming across the stadium racecourse. The racing was right on the edge, and the teams used all their strength to muscle their speed machines expertly around the track, tackling ...
    Published on 05-02-2014 04:50 PM
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    Nor Cal offshore sailor Shana Bagley kick started her offshore sailing resume with the 2009/2010 Clipper Round the World Race,
    and recently had the opportunity to visit the boats and crews when they were in San Francisco. Along with a day sail and some party and taking in a Giants Game with old friends and new, Shana took a closer look at the boats the 2013/2014 crews are enjoying and presents this look at the evolution of the Clipper boats:




    (Clipper 68 courtesy Clipper Ventures)



    (Clipper 70 courtesy ...
    Published on 05-02-2014 09:00 AM
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    Emirates Team New Zealand announced today that it would not be competing in the next Volvo Ocean Race.

    In recent weeks, the team had explored a joint challenge with Spanish ...
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