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  • Solo And 16: Cal Curriers Epic Voyage To The Old World

    Solo And 16: Cal Curriers Epic Voyage To The Old World

    PALO ALTO, Calif. (KRON) — Sixteen-year-old Cal Currier is going to have quite the story to tell his Palo Alto High School classmates when he returns from summer break.

    Story via https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/...-across-ocean/

    Currier is the youngest sailor ever to sail solo across the Atlantic Ocean west-to-east. On Friday, the daring teen was less than 1,150 miles from reaching the shores of Gibraltar south of Spain.



    KRON4 was able to...
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  • Merritt';s Mackinac Win A Top Seller

    Merritt';s Mackinac Win A Top Seller

    Girl, 14, drives 36-foot sailboat alone at night, wins Mackinac race
    Phoebe Wall Howard
    Detroit Free Press







    MACKINAC ISLAND — A 14-year-old girl sailing her first Bayview Mackinac Race with her father won Sunday night after 33 hours of nonstop work.

    As the duo pulled into the Mackinac Island harbor just after 9 p.m., a crowd at the Pink Pony restaurant and bar cheered, whistled and applauded.

    Merritt
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  • July 15th Updates And Whatnot

    July 15th Updates And Whatnot





    Ocean Navigator

    Galatea position 7/15: on July 15, at 8:00 AM PDT, 27d 21m N, 145d 44m W
    After careful consideration, the crew of Galatea is now striving for arrival _before_ the Luau. Our most recent calculations show arrival near the start of the Luau would incur too steep a reentry angle back to civilization risking burning up. Instead, we seek arrival in time to "pre-luau", thus easing our transition. We humbly request of Neptune a safe...
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    Last edited by Photoboy; 07-15-2022, 12:35 PM.

  • July 14th Up Date: Pyewacket On Final Approach, 1/2 Point Achieved By All but One

    July 14th Up Date: Pyewacket On Final Approach, 1/2 Point Achieved By All but One



    Entire Fleet



    Alaska Airlines

    Pyewacket70 8AM Thursday: 23 03n 156 23w
    Final (hopefully) 8am position report.. and importantly, final drone flight of the race. Kyle has just launched and its time to hustle on deck to watch his bird's death defying feats in the tropical dawn...after a beautiful moonlit night coming in hot... we averaged over 21.5kts for over 5 hours straight. Such an amazing boat.. great crew and a bit of a sad moment to...
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  • Half Way For Hamachi

    Half Way For Hamachi





    Good Tuesday All!

    Here in the Seattle area, Tuesday is J24 racing on Lake Washington. The lake can be fickle, shifting winds, puffs you shouldn't go chase but watch your competitor sail thru your lee. The update from the boat resembles similar conditions.
    Yesterday they did a great job of connecting all the wrong dots going from wind hole to wind hole. Sometimes too much information can make you forget about your instincts. The first 48 hours, without
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  • Notes From Boats : July 12th Edition

    Notes From Boats : July 12th Edition





    City Lights Position:
    Good morning. Our 0800 position was 30 44.5N 138 45.5w.
    All 9 souls in very good spirits despite the many sail changes in variable wind conditions at all hours of the night, and learning that our breakfast burritos would be incomplete since the bacon was forgotten on shore. After some consideration, our amateur meteorologist has proclaimed the Doyle J2 as our most comfortable lounging cushion, from which he now contemplates the clouds...
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  • Hawaii Bound Hamachi Fixes Gremlins

    Hawaii Bound Hamachi Fixes Gremlins




    Janette Laffiitte provides the color from the course where family members are guiding the J-125
    Hamachi
    across the Pacific in The BMW division of speedsters heading to Kaneohe Bay





    July 11th

    Good Monday All! I wish the news was better but yesterday's elation turns into today's deflation. As the song goes, Monday Monday, can't trust that day.

    Mind you they are still sailing hard but from the sounds of it, they...
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  • Wind And Waves Greet The Swans

    Wind And Waves Greet The Swans

    Swan One Design Worlds – Day 1
    07/07/2022





    The Swan One Design Worlds, hosted by the Real Club N?utico de Valencia, got underway in some style today with three races for each competing class delivering dramatic and exhilarating racing in brisk conditions off Valencia, Spain.

    Following storms overnight the ClubSwan Racing fleet had to contend with a steady but shifting breeze that increased during the afternoon from 12-13 knots up to 20 knots
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  • The Pace Slowly Picks Up

    The Pace Slowly Picks Up

    The third day of the 2022 Pacific Cup arrives with no shortage of action. A second wave of boats is now on the race course and sailing to Hawaii. The Monday fleet, heavily split between North and South, now sees the more southerly boats beginning to break out into pressure. One of the Monday starters - the Freedom 40/40 cruising boat Circe - returned to port, while one of the race’s most prestigious entries - the Volvo 70 Wizard - withdrew from their Friday start with delivery-related keel...
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  • A Case Of The Slows

    A Case Of The Slows

    The 2022 edition of the Pacific Cup got off to a quick start for Monday's fleet, exiting SF Bay and spilling out into the Golden Gate Straits with relative ease, avoiding the building flood and riding the remaining ebb for all it was worth. Their luck changed dramatically after passing Mile Rock as the wind lightened and became erratic. Tuesday's fleet has not faired much better, but things are beginning to look up as the winds are finally beginning to cooperate...



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  • Crash Course At Cowes
    by Photoboy
    Short, action-packed races on the final day of Cowes Week 2022
    http://www.cowesweek.co.uk




    The last day of Cowes Week featured short, action-packed races in a solid north-westerly gradient wind, culminating in a spectacularly busy finish line at the Royal Yacht Squadron. A risk of the wind dying in advance of an afternoon sea breeze prompted a change to the race schedule, with three committee boats used, in addition to the Royal Yacht Squadron line, to compress
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    Yesterday, 09:46 AM
  • Sir Schwenky Dank Rescued In Dramatic Fashion
    by Photoboy
    Pacific Cup Skipper Safely Evacuated on Return Voyage
    August 8, 2022



    Pacific Cup race organizers are happy to report that Andy Schwenk (57, Point Richmond, CA) has been brought safely to land by a combination of Coast Guard, Air Force, commercial shipping, and assistance from a fellow yacht. A rapidly-spreading infection required the action.

    Andy’s Spindrift V, an Express 37, had completed the 2022 Pacific Cup, finishing first in her class on July 18.
    ...
    08-08-2022, 09:08 AM
  • All Wrapped Up At Copa Del Rey Mapfre
    by Photoboy


    Marcus Brennecke’s ClubSwan 50 Hatari clinched the ClubSwan 50 class title on the final race at the 40th Copa del Rey MAPFRE but the German flagged crew endured some unnecessarily nervous moments after the nearest rivals Stefan Heidenreich’s OneGroup seemingly came back from the dead after being over the start line early.










    From being a long way ahead of OneGroup, Hatari found themselves needing to cover their
    ...
    08-06-2022, 09:43 AM
  • French Sailor Survives Overnight In A Capsized Class 40
    by Photoboy
    Against all odds, a French sailor in his 60s survived inside of a capsized sailing yacht off the coast of Galicia, Spain overnight Monday, breathing from an air pocket until Spanish rescue divers reached him the following afternoon.




    At about 2000 hours on Monday, the Class40 sailing yacht Jeanne Solo Sailor capsized at a position about 14 miles northwest of the Sisargas Islands, west of A Coruna. The sole occupant, 62-year-old French national Laurent Camprubi, told
    ...
    08-04-2022, 10:40 AM
  • A Misty End To July For Bonita Racers!
    by Photoboy
    Rounding out the end of July on the YRA calendar, the Encinal or Bonita race was held over the past weekend.
    a 22 nm jaunt from off of Treasure Island and out the gat to Point Bonita and then back to the Encinal Yacht Club in the Estuary

    A cool misty day with a 2.7 knot flood and varying moments of visibility, sometimes completely occluded in the Golden Gate Strait, and
    moments of 1 mile or so, dashed with drizzle, loud fog horns and large vessels and fishing boats transiting
    ...
    08-03-2022, 03:29 PM
  • Pinned In Queens
    by Photoboy



    The FDNY freed a sailboat that had gotten stuck under the Roosevelt Island bridge on Saturday morning, officials said.

    A man was rescued by FDNY Marine units after the vessel’s mast got wedged in the steel work on the bridge at about 7:15 a.m., a spokesperson told The Post.

    In coordination with Department of Transportation bridge operators the boat was freed “with minimal damage,” according to FDNY.







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    08-01-2022, 09:37 AM
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